Announcing his arrival, Mr Jukes has premiered two debut tracks ‘Tears’ (featuring Alexandria) & ‘Angels’ (featuring BJ The Chicago Kid), which are available now through Island Records and acts as a further glimpse into debut album God First (out July 14th on Island Records). Listen to both tracks now on the Shoot New Release Sport Playlist!
The surprise new project of Jack Steadman, God First was introduced by the double-a side single which has already reached number 1 on Spotify’s Viral Chart, been named Mistajam’s “Hottest Record In The World”, and won praise across the board.
A soulful, R&B ballad, ‘Tears’ strikes a more melancholic turn from Mr Jukes, partnering Steadman’s idiosyncratic vocal with a guest turn from rising Atlanta star Alexandria (of Awful Records fame), who brings her unexpected, Minnie Riperton-inspired higher register to a beautiful duet.
Life has a habit of subverting even the best-laid plans. Once a music obsessed teenager, Jack Steadman initially saw himself more as a jazz bassist than the frontman of a world famous, guitar-centred indie band, but – as everyone now knows – his 10 years with Bombay Bicycle Club (encompassing chart-topping albums, several planetwide tours and some notable awards) somewhat got in the way.
Having taken a couple of years to contemplate his next step, he returns under the name of Mr Jukes with a project that both revives his long-standing interest in jazz, soul and funk and sees Steadman take on the roles of artist, composer, producer and sample-hound.
The result, God First, is an album that surprises and delights in equal measure: quite unlike anything Jack has done before.
“I loved the challenge of writing songs for Bombay Bicycle Club,” says Jack, “but as a naturally restless person, after the last album my mind wandered to ideas I couldn’t imagine doing within the band. On Mr Jukes I have the freedom to go right to the end of any idea I might have.”
‘Tears’ is a second window into Mr Jukes’ musical odyssey, and we’re all the better for him inviting us along on the ride.
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