The Kooks return April 20th with explosive new single ‘Down’, previewed on Radio 1 last night as Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record. It’s a mission statement from a band that have rediscovered what they loved about making music in the first place.

Written by Luke Pritchard and young hip hop pioneer Inflo, ‘Down’ is like nothing the Kooks have ever done before, with it’s looped hooks and crazy percussion. It’s got a contagious swagger that bodes well for the band’s forthcoming album.

“With this record we didn’t do any rehearsing beforehand,” Luke Pritchard says. “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.”

You can listen to ‘Down’ here:

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