The new project from Bombay Bicycle Club’s Jack Steadman played for a packed house at Concorde 2 last night and was received with rapturous applause from the Brighton audience.
Visible enamoured by the warm reception, Steadman was full of praise for the warm welcome that Mr Jukes received throughout this inaugural gig of their UK tour. The band are set to play dates in Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Glasgow and London, and following the successful start to their tour, they are sure to be a big hit all across the UK this fall.
The set included a few choice covers by the band who reworked the likes of Dilla in fine fashion last night alongside some of the stand-out hits from their latest album God First.
The album features a veritable pantheon of featured artists including the unmistakably smooth Charles Bradley, and the legendary De La Soul, alongside Horace Andy, BJ the Chicago Kid, and Lalah Hathaway.
Steadman’s band were on top form as they moved seamlessly through the gears with a tight-knit performance that pays tribute to the influence of a wide canon of funk and soul classics and sprinkles on top some contemporary jazz for good measure.
If you are a fan of the new wave of neo-soul/jazz-funk populating the contemporary music scene, made popular by the likes of Menahan Street Band, Vulfpeck, Kamasi Washington, BADBADNOTGOOD, and Anderson Paak. then you’re going to love this album and should do you utmost to get to one of Mr Jukes’ live shows if you can.
The intricately close harmony of the three piece brass section working alongside the talented set of backing vocalists carry the tracks and the tight groove of Steadman’s bass locked into the rhythmic excellence coming from the drums give the tracks an undeniable presence that is bound to get that booty shaking, with jazzy solos coming from the keys that are nothing less than extraordinary.
If you missed out on the chance to see the band playing in Brighton this time around, then there is no need to fret, as Steadman hinted on a few occasions that Mr Jukes will be returning to Brighton in the very near future, due no doubt in part to the rapturous welcome that the band enjoyed in this debut event of their tour.
“I’ve been dreaming of making music like this for years now, but would have never imagined working with so many incredible musicians and singers. with De La Soul and Charles Bradley, Lianne La Havas and Lalah Hathaway and everyone who performed on the album, the soul of the record just got bigger and bigger, warmer and warmer. I am a very lucky person to be in this position, and i am extremely grateful to everyone involved and to all of you who have supported me up to this point.” (Jack Steadman)