Ed Sheeran has enlisted Budjerah for an all-new remix of ‘2step’, which is out now on Asylum/Atlantic and has been joined by an official visualiser. Ed has teamed-up with an array of artists from across the globe for special remix versions of his latest single ‘2step’, tapping into his love of collaboration.
Budjerah commented: “I was so shocked to have won my first ARIA Award for Breakthrough Artist at last year’s ARIAs, and it meant so much to me that Ed Sheeran was the one who read my name out. To now be featuring on the Australian remix of Ed’s track ‘2step’ and have it released globally as I’m just starting my first overseas tour is really exciting!”
Ed Sheeran’s official video for ‘2step’ feat. Lil Baby, unveiled last month and filmed in Kyiv, Ukraine at the end of last year, transitions through slick choreography as Ed, Lil Baby and their crew move across a cityscape backdrop.
Upon the video’s launch, Sheeran said, “I filmed the video for ‘2step’ in the city of Kyiv, Ukraine before the devastating acts of violence started to take place. It was my first time visiting the country and I felt so welcomed during my stay there - everyone from the production crew to the many people I met across my days off. Ukraine is a proud and resilient country and I’m grateful to have had the chance to film my video there. I stand with Ukraine and will be donating my record royalties from YouTube streams of the video to the DEC’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal x.”
Ed Sheeran kicked-off his ‘+ - = ÷ x’ stadium tour (pronounced ‘The Mathematics Tour’) at the end of April, which will take in the UK, Ireland, Europe and Australia, with more territories to be announced soon (full tour dates).
Budjerah introduced himself as Australia’s new homegrown R&B star with his debut single ‘Missing You’ in 2020. Possessing a spectacular voice, songwriting ingenuity and old-soul wisdom, it quickly became abundantly clear that Budjerah was the kind of figure the country had been missing. His acclaimed debut self-titled EP followed in 2021, which resulted in five nominations at the ARIA Awards, where he won the Michael Gudinski Breakthrough Artist award. A second major accolade followed at last week’s APRA Awards, where Budjerah collected Most Performed R&B / Soul Work for the song ‘Higher’.
His rise continued with the release of his second EP ‘Conversations’ in February. Featuring production from Matt Corbyand Chris Collins as well as collaborations with MAY-A and Konstantin Kerstig, the EP reveals a darker, sleeker sound which reflects the changes that have occurred in Budjerah’s life over the course of the past year. His current single ‘Get Down’ is one of the EP’s most affecting songs. A sleek jam rich with sparkling, glitched out synths, it mixes spiritual lyrics about anxiously forging forward through one’s youth with an ultramodern atmosphere.
Budjerah played his debut UK headline show last night at London’s Jazz Café, which he follows with three sets at The Great Escape this weekend and then a show at KOKO as special guest to Vance Joy. He will also play in Paris this month, before starting a North American tour at the end of May. Subsequent dates back home in Australia include Splendour In The Grass, Gang of Youths’ A More Perfect Union festival, and further shows with Vance Joy.