Sydney R&B outfit JONES Jnr have announced the release of their debut EP Step on Sleep and an East Coast tour.

The project of vocalist Ev Jones and Thundamentals founding member/producer Morgan Jones, JONES Jnr boast a unique blend of old school-soul mixed with contemporary hip-hop beats.

Produced entirely by Morgan Evans, Step in Sleep was written in London, New York and LA, and recorded at the Thundamentals studio in Sydney, and BounceCounty in Melbourne with Pip Norman AKA Countbounce.

Step on Sleep features first single ‘Never Be Lonely‘, a bouncy ode to a magnetic beauty, driven by a lazy bass groove, sparse chords and silk vocals.

Written by Evan Jones, Morgan Jones and Kool Kojak, ‘Never Be Lonely’ aims high: “I said let’s make a pumping disco-esq tune, but steered it closer to Jamie Lidell than Pharrell. Hell it’s fun and cheeky,” says Ev of the track.

The accompanying video was filmed by Director Jeremy Koren (Grey Ghost) in Melbourne in April. The fun and funky clip is an ode to speed dating, and rocks a delightfully cringe-worthy 70s aesthetic.

JONES Jnr’s EP Step on Sleep will be out on Friday May 29 via Warner Music Australia.

JONES JNR – TOUR DATES:

Thursday 2 July
Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Friday 3 July
Bello Winter Festival, Bellingen, NSW

Saturday 4 July
Bello Winter Festival, Bellingen, NSW

Friday 10 July
Blackbear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Saturday 11 July
Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC

Ticket info is available on the band’s Facebook page.