The Esquire Playlist

Jake Bugg by Jake Bugg

His debut album topped the charts, and there's a reason.

Maybe it’s his chucklesome name that’s caught the ear of music press headline writers. Or his enviable youth making people pay attention (he’s either 17 or 18, depending on who you ask). Could it be his just-so reference points (songs “Taste It” and “Trouble Town” suggest Jack White covering The La’s; wardrobe by a young Paul Weller)? Whatever: this one-man Nottingham swoon machine is the current name to drop.

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Essential because: You’ve heard his Sixties schtick done before, but seldom this well.