Song of the Day: Mr Jukes & Barney Artist feat Kofi Stone- Check The Pulse
Mr Jukes and Barney Artist have teamed up with Kofi Stone for new single Check The Pulse, from Mr Jukes & Barney Artist forthcoming collaborative album The Locket.
One of our dreams for the album was to have a Cypher style song! We knew Kofi would be the perfect fit and boy did he deliver on this one. It’s guaranteed to make you bop your head, especially the end section where we go head to head, Barney says.
The Locket features ten tracks cut from sessions that span over eighteen months. It’s sunshine-dappled, psych-tinged, hip-hop flavoured, leftfield pop with samples and beats, an utterly joyful listen from start to finish; invaluable in a time when everyone is hard-pressed to find ways to brighten their days.
Listen to Mr Jukes, Barney Artist and Kofi Stone new single Check The Pulsefrom Mr Jukes & Barney Artist forthcoming album The Locket:
During a period of prolonged inactivity for Bombay Bicycle Club, frontman Jack Steadman scratched an itch to do something by himself. He went by the moniker of Mr Jukes and released an album, God First, in 2017. We say ‘by himself’ but it was very much an open-door policy, resulting in a collaborative record that brought contributions by legends such as Charles Bradley, De La Soul, Horace Andy, Lianne La Havas, BJ The Chicago Kid and Lalah Hathaway. The project also features a contribution from Barney Artist, who Jack had quite simply stumbled upon on a Spotify playlist and never forgotten.
Barney’s music takes the vibrance of jazz infused hip hop but with a London feel. Growing up in Forest Gate, East London, Barney balances conscious themes with old school grooves to create something instantly likeable, like the artist. Barney grew up around Tiana Major9 and Jay Prince and has made music with Tom Misch, Loyle Carner, Alfa Mist and Jordan Rakei.
Watch the video below of Mr Jukes, Barney Artist and Kofi Stone new single Check The Pulsefrom Mr Jukes & Barney Artist forthcoming album The Locket:
Other wicked songs and projects worth checking this week:
Scrimshire, Nat Birchall, Faye Houston - I Hear You, I See You
Web Web, Max Herre, Yusef Lateef - Akinuba / The Heart
Emma-Jean Thackray - Our People
SAULT - London Gangs
John Carroll Kirby - P64 By My Side
JD Allen - Queen City
Pachakuti, young.vishnu - Susurro
Kiefer - when there's love around
Electric Kif, Aaron Parks - Dreamlike
Amaro Freitas - Vila Bela
Jordan Rakei - Family
Hiatus Kaiyote - And We Go Gentle
Ego Ella May, Maverick Sabre, Blue Lab Beats - Give A Little - Blue Lab Beats Remix