For the first time ever in the U.S., Mr Jukes – the solo project brought to you by Jack Steadman from Bombay Bicycle Club – will be performing alongside a 9-piece band featuring some of his favorite musicians from the Daptone Records family (Charles Bradley, Sharon Jones, and Antibalas). Mr Jukes is set to hit Rough Trade in Brooklyn, NY on April 26th and The Echo in Los Angeles onApril 30th of this year. Tickets will be available for purchase on Friday, January 26th at 10am local time and links can be found below.
You may recognize Mr Jukes’ track “Grant Green” featuring Charles Bradley from the recent Google Pixel 2 advertisement which has led the track onto the Top 50 on the Shazam chart in most major US cities. He has also gained traction from the likes of High Snobiety, Pitchfork, The Fader, The Guardian, The Line Of Best Fit, Wonderland Magazine, and many more. His debut record God First was recently nominated for a MOBO award in the UK and has clocked up over 10 million spins on Spotify as well as positive praise from Sunday Times Culture, Evening Standard, Q Magazine, DIY, Clash, Daily Mirror, Dork, as well as Noisey who noted that the ex-Bombay Bicycle Club member is “finally expressing himself” and “let himself roam free.” He’s also starting to build up a name for himself as an in-demand remixer having recently remixed Alt-J, Rudimental and Michael McDonald.
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. In contemplating his next step after Bombay, Steadman hopped aboard a cargo ship and the ship’s crew had no idea who he was, but they welcomed his presence as a change from their normal routine and enjoyed invading the studio he set up in his cabin. In between all the daydreaming and occasional music making, Steadman also read the copy of Joseph Conrad’s novella Typhoon he’d packed into his suitcase. That’s where the idea of his new musical persona, Mr Jukes, came from. A tale of the sea, Typhoon tells the story of Captain MacWhirr, who deliberately sails his vessel, the s/s Nan-Shan, into the teeth of a fierce storm. The young Jukes is first mate.
Back home in London, the new-born Mr Jukes rented himself a studio and went there every day for two years. Listening to a wide variety of music in search of inspirational samples, he began to build a store of new material towards a debut solo album. The demos, he noticed, would often start out in similar fashion to those he’d previously prepared for the band, but it was where they went afterwards that was different. This time there was no requirement to make his ideas fit a band template. And he also started to consider which new guest voices might help take these songs to their ultimate artistic conclusion.
God First both revives his long-standing interest in jazz, soul and funk and sees Jack take on the roles of artist, composer, producer and sample-hound. It surprises and delights in equal measure: quite unlike anything Jack has done before. Mr Jukes has delivered a record rich in the tapestry of the music he loves, with soul, funk, hip hop and jazz all present. In addition to Lalah Hathaway who is featured on Mr Jukes latest single “From Golden Stars Come Silver Dew,” additional contributions from Lianne La Havas (“When Your Light Goes Out”), soulman Charles Bradley (“Grant Green”) and BJ the Chicago Kid (“Angels/Your Love”) can be found throughout the record. Fans can purchase or stream God First now, here:https://mrjukes.lnk.to/GFWE.