"Greatness, and ubiquity, beckons" NME.com
Two year’s ago Jake Bugg was relatively unknown and unsigned. Now the 19-year old is applauded internationally and is lauded as something of a local hero in his home town of Nottingham. In October 2012 Bugg’s self-titled debut album entered the charts at number one, announcing one of the most electrifying young British singer-songwriters to emerge in recent memory. In its wake have come multiple award nominations including BRIT, Ivor Novello and Mercury Music Prize, prestigious supports with Noel Gallagher, The Stone Roses and The Rolling Stones and a euphoric globetrotting summer from Glastonbury to Japan, Australia and America.
Barely a year after his debut, in November 2013 he returns with its bar-raising follow-up, ‘Shangri La’. The album shares a title with the Malibu studio where it was made, once the 70s haven of Bob Dylan and The Band, now the creative hub of legendary producer Rick Rubin, the recording Titan whose jawdropping c.v. spans from Def Jam and Johnny Cash to Adele and Kanye West. The album encases a rich seam of classic guitar pop, yet it also stretches deeper to showcase Bugg’s ever-broadening musical palette. The record’s emotional depth and soul-baring honesty place Bugg in a different league from his peers
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