Single Review: Jake Bugg - Gimme The Love | Redbrick | University of Birmingham

Single Review: Jake Bugg – Gimme The Love

Jake Bugg introduces a new, reinvented sound. What does Matt McCrory think?

Jake Bugg’s first two records didn’t really grab me. While they pulled a few punches with catchy, folk-tinged hits and sombre acoustic moments, I never felt convinced by Bugg’s brand of bolshy indie rock; an impression reinforced by his enigmatic live show. Recently however, Jake has been making motions towards his third album, On My One, and teasing some songs that break his usual folk formula.

‘Gimme The Love’ immediately sets itself apart from Bugg’s back catalogue with its upbeat drum track. It evokes feelings of Screamadelica and other dance-inspired 90’s Madchester moments, emphasised by a subtle synth background and busy bassline. On top of this comes an impressively intricate guitar track that interjects little flourishes into this driving song. It’s a densely layered three minutes in which Jake balances high-pitched, reverbed guitar parts with a gritty, dance-worthy bassline.

'It’s impressive how adeptly Jake takes on a whole roster of new instrumentation and arranges it with a considered and mature production'
Surprisingly, Bugg’s Nottingham drawl works well over the emphatic instrumental. His near-spoken delivery on the verse is comparable to Anthony Kiedis on ‘Can’t Stop’ while on the chorus multi-layered vocals continue to impress the dance dynamic that the track constructs so well. It’s impressive how adeptly Jake takes on a whole roster of new instrumentation and arranges it with a considered and mature production. A nice guitar solo and lightly distorted breakdown are additions that adorn an already catchy and pronounced song.

Overall, ‘Gimme The Love’ shows Jake Bugg convincingly expanding his sound. His first foray into music with an outstated dance and electronic influence indicates that we can expect a stylistic shift from his upcoming record. Judging from what we’ve heard so far, this is going to be one to anticipate.

Music Editor, English Language student and otherwise barely functional being. (@iamnotmatty)



Published

1st March 2016 at 6:06 pm



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