Jake Bugg shows yet another dimension to his songwriting with the stunning new single ‘Downtown’, taken from his eagerly anticipated new album Saturday Night, Sunday Morning – out 20 August on RCA Records.
Dropping ahead of his long-awaited live return at Tramlines & Standon Calling Festivals, ‘Downtown’ is the biggest example of Jake Bugg’s newfound ego-less approach to writing. The track grew from an idea by Jamie Hartman (Celeste, Lewis Capaldi, Rag’n’Bone Man), and sees him deploy the higher range of his voice to ethereal, ’60s Bee Gees effect.
“Usually, the initial spark of an idea comes from me. And when it doesn’t, it sometimes loses my attention,” Bugg admits. On ‘Downtown’, however, he relished his role as arranger, “Because there were a lot of moving parts and chords, it was almost like a puzzle,” he says. “I’d never approached a song like that before.”
Listen to ‘Downtown’ by Jake Bugg on the Official F1 Tracks Playlist on Spotify.
2021 has seen Jake grow into himself and go from strength to strength, releasing two stellar singles of the year in ‘All I Need’ & ‘Lost’, both produced by Steve Mac. The inescapable hits have been booming across the airwaves, playlisted on Radio 1, Radio 2 & Radio X, and Jake turned in a stellar performance of ‘All I Need’ on Graham Norton on BBC1.
The 27-year-old, who has four albums and numerous hit singles to his name, brings his blistering live show back on the road in Spring 2022, culminating at iconic London’s Brixton Academy.
Raised on a steady diet of the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and the brothers Gallagher, English singer/songwriter Jake Bugg’s bluesy, Brit-pop-forward indie folk pairs working-class swagger with wry, weathered romanticism.
He found success in 2012 with his Mercury Prize-nominated eponymous debut album, which included the hit singles ‘Two Fingers’ and ‘Lightning Bolt’. He continued to develop his sound on subsequent efforts Shangri La (2013), On My One (2016) and Hearts That Strain (2017).