Jake Bullit are bsed around brothers and producers Jacob and Oscar Brady from Birmingham. Initially, the band began life as a programmer-turned-remix-project, with Jacob’s crate-digging love of French House and Nu Disco influencing acclaimed early remixes for the likes of MSTRKRT, Friends and Sebastien Tellier.
Keen to embellish their club-driven material with more organic instrumentation, the brothers kept things equally close-knit – cousin Christie was brought in on guitar, together with best friend Tom (via the indie band they’d played in at school) on synths. The results are, in every sense, tight, befitting the familial relations connecting this four-piece, together with the burgeoning electronic scene emerging in The West Midlands.
The sound? Well it’s a euphoric and escapist take on 9-5 drudgery, ‘Pushing Buttons’ feels inspired by the disco and boogie grooves of Chromeo, the idiosyncratic British pop of Hot Chip, and the everyday urban lyricism of Blur circa ‘Girls & Boys’. It’s a deft and dancefloor-friendly mix, marrying the boys’ upbringing in Birmingham’s DJ’ing scene (songs would frequently be whittled down from eight minute edits) with the songwriting efficiency of a band who’ve already won an impassioned live following. The grimier side of Nightlife was to become a common theme across Jake Bullit’s songs, which were conceived – in stark contrast to their escapist, evocative sounds – between part time jobs in kitchens, hotels, and even the local John Lewis.