Jordan Reyne is an acclaimed, yet still relatively low-profile musician with a long history in New Zealand pop and rock, specifically in a dark (and somewhat gothic) direction. Throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, Reyne gigged as a solo musician (after debuting with first group Shikasta in Paraparaumu) in Kapiti and Palmerston North, before settling in Wellington. There she formed Bloodflower – a group that would eventually secure support for the touring White Zombie.
Working as a contributing vocalist for bands such as Breaks Co-Op and the Strawpeople, in the late 1990s, Reyne started releasing her own solo albums, and was recognised by the likes of the APRA song-writing foundation, and gothic music specialists both nationally and in europe, especially with the rising profile of her group Dr Kevorkian and the Suicide Machine.
Discography (picks in bold)
- Birds Of Prey [1997 Deep Grooves]
With the influx of Massive Attack influenced bands in the mid 90’s, there were a number of trip-hop imitators world wide, trying to perfect their own mix of lazy grooves and downbeat vocals.
Auckland duo Breaks Co-Op thankfully got the formula very right though with their stunning singular album Roofers.
An eclectic mix of found sounds, blissed-out synths and its own fair share of studio trickery, the album gracefully flows from groove to groove, unashamedly laid-back.
Comprised of former Urban Disturbance member / future MTV Europe host Zane Lowe and Hamish Clark with guest vocals from Dr. Kevorkian and the Suicide Machine vocalist Jordan Reyne, Breaks Co-Op hit the heights quickly, then disappeared without a trace.
In early 2005 murmur’s of the groups impending comeback began to surface. Finally after a long absence when the duo were both in London, Lowe and Clark had once again been back in the recording studio. This time with (new full-time member) Andy Lovegrove’s soul-styled vocals and new ventures into live instrumentation, ‘The Sound Inside’ finally arrived in march 2005.
- Zane Lowe (Production, 1997 – )
- Hamish Clark (Production, 1997 – )
- Manuel Bundy (Turntables, 1997)
- Jordan Reyne (Vocals, 1997)
- Nick Atkinson (1997)
- Andy Lovegrove (Vocals, 2005)
- Sound Advice CD Single (1997, Deepgrooves Entertainment, DG048)
- Roofers (1998, Deep Grooves)
- The Sound Inside (2005, EMI, 8733512)
- Settle Down (2005, EMI)
- The Otherside Single (2005, EMI)
- A Place For You Single (2005, EMI)
- Duet 12″ Single (2006, EMI)
- Sounds Familiar (2014, Warner Music Group)
the current recording outfit of jordan reyne. built around reyne’s strong vocals and a variety of musicians, mostly of the studio-pro variety (which currently includes trinity roots‘ rikki gooch, barnowl dromgool, jazz murphy, luke casey and simon halloway).
picks in bold
- the ironman [2000 universal]
- the loneliest of creatures soundtrack [2002 universal]
- passenger [2004 jayrem]