Daily Dose: ‘Angels/Your Love’ by Mr. Jukes (feat. BJ the Chicago Kid)

I didn’t realise when I first put this down on the list for later, but I’ll spoil the suprise for you now, so guess what, it’s another one of those clever chaps from Bombay Bicycle Club sneaking off and doing music in a completely different genre that sounds nothing like the band. Jack Steadmen joins bandmate Ed Nash (as Toothless, with drummer Suren de Saram, lest we forget), in forging his own distinct path, armed with one of the best names for an artist I’ve possibly ever seen. This is one of the singles that he’s put out thus far (I’ve found four such ones), with an album entitled God First (14th July, 2017) forming the current end goal. If you’ve got old boxes loaded with funk and jazz, why not make use of it? This seems to have been the thought process of Mr Steadman, who appears to have decided that ramming in as many soul, jazz and funky groovy samples as possible and surrounding it with some special guests would be a good way to spend some time, which, to be fair, does sound accurate. This track sounds nothing at all like Bombay Bicycle Club, featuring a load of saxophones and a sample from Argentinian jazzist Jorge Lopez Ruiz, as well as a contribution from BJ the Chicargo Kid on vocals, who was apparently the first collaborator on the record as a while. It sounds exciting, for sure, and I’m hype that they’re all doing these individual projects, but I’ve found Toothelss to be slightly more my speed than this so far. Certain people will fall in love with it though, and I’m going to hammer through the album at some point, because funk jazz isn’t something that ever goes out of style, and I’m a big fan of everything about it other than the child-inspired vocals that dominate the first half. It has an absolutely top notch video as well, if you can get a look at it, definitely do so.


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