Mr Jukes


Bombay Bicycle Club man goes funk and soul

When a musician wants to immerse themselves in a new project, there’s a strong tradition of heading to the countryside to get their head together. Not so Jack Steadman. After Bombay Bicycle Club called a hiatus a couple of years back, their frontman embarked on a round-the-world odyssey. When he reached Shanghai, he boarded a cargo ship bound for Canada, set up a studio in his cabin and got down to work. Over all that distance, and those wide-open horizons, he reinvented himself as Mr Jukes, shifting his focus from indie-pop to jazz, soul and funk. The resultant album fleshed things out superbly and featured appearances from De La Soul, Lianne La Havas and soulman Charles Bradley. Now marshalling a live band under the Mr Jukes banner, that globetrotting adventure reinvigorated him. “You know you’re always moving forwards,” he says. “You’re travelling. That’s my favourite state to be in.”

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