Down

Album: Listen (2014)
Charted: 40
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Songfacts®:

  • The first song to be made available from the Kooks' Listen album, it received its worldwide premiere on Zane Lowe's March 11 2014 BBC Radio 1 show. "Down" was released on April 20 via Virgin/EMI and was described as "a mission statement from a band that have rediscovered what they loved about making music in the first place."
  • The R&B-influenced song was written by the band's frontman Luke Pritchard and Hip-Hop pioneer Inflo, who co-produced Listen. Recording sessions were split between London and LA. "With this record we didn't do any rehearsing beforehand," Pritchard said. "I'd write a song with Inflo or on my own, put it up and we'd all play over it. There was a real freedom to the process."

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