From the second you press play on a Majid Jordan song, you’re transported into another world. Whether your initial experience was, like many, their appearance on Drake’s ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home’, or even before that under their former alias Good People, that first taste whisks you away and drops you into the imaginations of Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman. Neon lights, fast cars and romance, a world that owes as much to the tech-noir and science fiction of the 80’s as it does to cutting edge trends and contemporary pop culture: with Majid Jordan in your headphones, something as mundane as walking to the grocery store becomes a cinematic adventure.
The duo are currently at home in Toronto where they’re taking some time to catch up with friends. This rare break lands between the release of their second album, ‘The Space Between’, and its accompanying world tour, which kicks off in January in Montreal, and doesn’t conclude until they return for a homecoming show in April. “We’re enjoying life,” says Jordan. “We’re living in the actual present.” Even so, as they allow themselves some time to soak in their hometown, the duo are constantly awash with inspiration. “Once [the album] is out you have something else to focus on, to start dreaming of,” says Majid. “So right now that’s what our conversations have been about. There’s really no breathing time. We’re enjoying the time we have right now and it’s like ‘OK, next we have these live shows coming up.’ [Thinking about] how to tie everything together.”
27-year-old Majid and 24-year-old Jordan first met in 2011, when the former was celebrating his 21st birthday at popular Toronto nightlife spot, the Beaconsfield, and an underage Jordan tagged along with his older cousin. After discovering a mutual passion for music - Majid as a vocalist, and Jordan a producer - they’d begin experimenting together, finding their unique blend of R&B, pop, house and film score in college dorm rooms at the University Of Toronto. Three weeks after the end of term, before Majid was scheduled to return home to Bahrain for the Summer, the pair holed up in Jordan’s parents house, where they completed their debut EP ‘afterhours’.
The eight track set existed only 24 hours on SoundCloud before the pair were contacted by Noah ’40’ Shebib, the producer behind Drake and co-founder of his OVO Sound label. While the pair were unfamiliar with 40 at the time, he’s gone on to make a huge impact on both of them since; not only for signing them, but also as a mentor. “[He’s taught us that] what you give in this world is what you get back,” says Majid. “He’s so generous with his time, experience, and knowledge, that I hope to be able to do that for one person in my life, let alone a group of people [as 40 has].” Within a year of signing with OVO Sound in 2013, Majid Jordan had put their stamp on the label’s sonics, co-writing and guesting on Drake’s triple-platinum hit ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home’, as well as assisting him in writing ‘Mine’ for Beyoncé’s self-titled album.
Their third release on the label, following acclaimed EP ‘A Place Like This’ and a self-titled debut album, ‘The Space Between’ continues to build upon their unique brand of late night jams. Tracks like ‘What You Do to Me’ leave you thinking that maybe love really can save the world, while the infectious rhythm of ‘Body Talk’ is perfectly crafted for dance floor flirtation. Sex is often at the centre of the songs, but without the vulgarity that’s become commonplace amongst their peers.