Album Review: Majid Jordan – Majid Jordan

A chance meeting between two students – Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman (while attending the University of Toronto), blossomed into a great friendship due to their love of music. After dropping  their 2013 debut EP, After Hours, under their Good People moniker; they caught the attention of OVO Sound label co-founder Noah ’40’ Shebib 24hrs after it was posted to their SoundCloud page. This led to their signing and inevitable destiny as musicians. After captivating our hearts on the 2013 Drake hit, Hold On, We’re Going Home; they did it again on their debut EP, A Place Like This. Fast forward to February 2016, and Majid Jordan have finally released their much-anticipated self-titled debut album. As expected the results are sublime!

The album is moody, incredibly spacious and hypnotic – perfect for the after hours. Majid and Jordan’s chemistry is contagious; the album perfectly plays to both of their strengths. Jordan’s intricate, minimalist beats allow for Majid’s vocals to be front and centre by not drowning them out and letting them breathe. Their distinct fusion of R&B, minimal house, pop, funk inspired production is present throughout the album and instantly pulls the listener into the duo’s dark world. Majid’s delicate falsetto provides a sense of comfort and reassurance that everything will be alright. Other than the outstanding production, Majid has all the hallmarks of being a fantastic pop song writer. Even if you have never heard a song, you somehow know the lyrics and you cannot help but sing along.

The duo has without a doubt delivered with their debut – the album is a cohesive body of work that showcases Majid Jordan finding their place as musicians, after leaving the more experimental place found on their EP. With their incredible knack for crafting pop magic by utilizing various genres and sounds, Majid Jordan will one day, without a doubt, conquer the music industry as a whole. The album is simply a step in their evolving journey as artists and superstars in the making – hurry up and buy your tickets before this bullet train leaves the station and you’re left behind in the dust.

Essential Tracks: “Learn From Each Other”, “My Love”, “Day and Night”, “King City”, “Shake Shake Shake”, “Something About You”, and “Every Step Every Way.”