Jake Bugg, Britain’s foremost champion of “real music”, is working on his new album with Mike D.

The diabolically popular guitar-wielder revealed the collaboration at the Silver Clef Awards in London today, telling the BBC: “I’ve been working with Mike D from the Beastie Boys on my new album in LA. He’s a really cool guy.”

“It is a good idea to bounce ideas off someone and get an opinion,” he added. “If he says it’s cool it is cool. He’s been playing me unheard Beastie Boys mixtapes.”

Unheard mixtapes! Let that one sink in. Bugg teamed up with former Beastie Boys producer Rick Rubin for his last album, 2014’s Shangri-La, so we imagine that’s how the unorthodox collaboration came about.

Meanwhile, Ad-Rock and Mike D have denied rumours of a reunion after filing a trademark application for Beastie Boys live shows. [via NME]

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