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Jordan Rakei – Hiding Place (2018)

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Recently signed to Ninja Tune, Jordan Rakei has battled his demons and written the album Wallflower. It’s an exploration into the world of an introverted soul singer, which is what makes his metamorphosis even more remarkable. Jordan was enjoying a cult following in his hometown of Brisbane when he upped sticks and circumnavigated the planet to London. He has since been able to collaborate with a roll call of London talent. It helps that his voice is smoother than butter and he borrows from D’Angelo and the type of reggae that Sting would enjoy. The album finishes with ‘Hiding Place’ and the title track.

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The Police – Wrapped Around Your Finger (1983)

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‘Wrapped Around Your Finger’ was the second single off The Police’s fifth, final and most successful album Synchronicity. Written by Sting, it was never going to be one of Andy Summers’s favourite tracks, but he still got to play around with his trademark effects, even when playing second fiddle.

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Paul Simon – 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover (1975)

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Paul Simon again

Over a decade before ‘Englishman In New York’, and nearly two before Sting sang ‘Shape Of My Heart’, Paul Simon was using similar chords, arrangements and a much larger slab of humour when explaining there must be ’50 Ways To Leave Your Lover’. From his album Still Crazy After All These Years, Paul Simon would also favour a classic percussion intro rather than the more righteous acoustic intro favoured by the Geordie. Written after Simon’s divorce from first wife Peggy Harper, the song’s advice to a husband on ways to end a relationship is intentionally upbeat.

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