Mr Jukes has reunited with Barney Artist for the collaborative, ‘Blowin Steam (Open Up Your Mind)’.
The new single couldn’t sit further away from what Mr Jukes, AKA Jack Steadman, usually gets up to with his day job as the frontman in Bombay Bicycle Club. When he first started releasing music under the moniker in 2017, it seemed like a strange left-field move to go from fronting an indie band to delving into the world of funk and soul. On paper, it appeared to be destined for disaster, but Steadman made the switch seamlessly.
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. Steadman took a back seat on the record, largely offering back-up vocals, focusing on instrumentation and allowing the guest spots time to shine.
‘Blowin Steam (Open Up Your Mind)’ follows on from the same trajectory, with London rapper Barney Artist taking centre stage on the comeback single, and he’s more than comfortable in the driving seat.
Barney is a hip-hop artist with an old-school ethos and flow who has worked with Tom Misch, Loyle Carner, George The Poet, Jordan Rakei and many others who share the same school of thought.
The two talents previously linked up on ‘From Golden Stars Comes Silver Dew’ from God First. There’s tangible chemistry between them that is clear for all to see on the dreamy ‘Blowin Steam (Open Up Your Mind)’.
Speaking about the track, Mr Jukes says: “‘Blowin Steam’ happened so organically. Our first proper session together…the beat immediately connecting with Barney and the lyrics written within hours.”
While there’s no news about whether this is the start of album number two for Mr Jukes, but fingers crossed it won’t be too far around the corner. The song exuberates joy, and it feels like Steadman gets to express a side to himself, which he has to hide with Bombay Bicycle Club, but ‘Blowin Steam’ shows why he should pour as much time into being Mr Jukes.