At the start of his career, he was shrouded in mystery, preferring to focus attention on his music and letting the man behind the sound take a back seat for a short while. Born in Harare, Zimbabwe and based in London, he grew up listening to his mother's records, learned guitar at nine, and started songwriting as a teenager. His first vocals appeared on songs by Bastille
. It wasn't until 2015 that he would release his debut solo track, "Fast Lane." Little by little, Rationale revealed himself through music videos, which showcased his soulful, genre-bending style. He received support from U.K. radio, which led to live shows and a deal with Warner Bros.
His four-song EP, Fuel to the Fire, was released in 2015, and included the slow jam "Re.Up," with Zena Kitt on vocals. The Vessels EP, featuring the laid-back hit single of the same name, was released in February 2017, followed in October by his eponymous full-length debut . ~ Neil Z. Yeung, Rovi