Sometimes the best things are discovered by accident and that’s exactly how I found out about Mr Jukes’ existence. Mr Jukes is a soul, funk, and jazz artist and none other than Bombay Bicycle Club's frontman Jack Steadman! *GASP* After meandering on my SoundCloud stream and doing some research, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Mr Jukes is Steadman's latest solo endeavor. Since Bombay Bicycle Club announced their hiatus last year, Steadman has been hard at work on his new album God First that comes out on July 14th. He's even collaborated with the likes of BJ The Chicago Kid and Alexandria for it.
The "Grant Green" music video, which features vocals from the legendary Charles Bradley, is a trip to watch and a delight to listen to. The animated music video oozes with the nostalgia of 70s funk and its colorful visuals reminded me of John Wilson's work for the opening credits of Grease. At first, Mr Jukes is unrecognizable from his indie roots (not to mention, he looks like a green Moby reincarnate). The video starts off in a salon and then continues into an eclectic array of razors and cocktails morphing into dancers partying with Steadman and Bradley. The three minutes and 26 seconds of its duration is a very psychedelic experience. Each sequence feels like a vibrant Picasso painting come to life and the antithesis of Arctic Monkey's dark and moody "Do I Wanna Know?" music video.
Mr Jukes's existence is one of the best things I've come across in the past two weeks. Honestly, I cannot wait for his debut solo album to come out next month. In the meantime, go ahead and watch the music video below!
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