Barney Artist and Mr Jukes have revealed their upcoming collaborative album, The Locket, which arrives on July 2nd. On top of the exciting announcement, the duo have shared their breezy new single, ‘Vibrate’.
The track follows last month’s ‘Blowin Steam (Open Up Your Mind)’, which at the time, appeared as though it was the lead single for the second record from Mr Jukes, rather than the first taster of a collaborative album. However, I have no complaints about getting to devour ten tracks cooked up by the pairing that enjoy chemistry that is impossible to ignore.
It’s refreshing to hear Mr Jukes, AKA Jack Steadman, step out of the environment as the frontman in Bombay Bicycle Club and continue with his alter-ego even now that the band are back together. When he first started releasing music under the moniker in 2017, his debut effort into the world of funk and soul was a rousing one, which is continuing to prosper with ‘Vibrate.’
His debut album, God First, arrived in 2017 and featured collaborations with De La Soul, Lianne La Havas, and the final track Charles Bradley featured on before his death. Rather than being front and centre, Steadman takes a back seat, with Barney stepping up to the plate as the focal point for the project.
Speaking about the track, Barney explains: “‘Vibrate’ was the very last song we made for the album. It really summarises mine and Jack’s relationship which is great vibes with a meaningful message.”
“The aim is to bring hope to people after the maddest year,” the rapper adds about the album.
The sunny new track is a glistening effort that evokes feelings of spending endless days in the park and enjoying the brighter side of life once again. As the world prepares to get back to normality this summer, The Locket might just be that slice of sunshine in your pocket that soundtracks the better days that wait around the corner.