12 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The jungle is a wilderness, but London groove collective Jungle, led by Tom McFarland and Josh Lloyd-Watson, are masters of control. Everything is in its right place on their debut album, from the dance moves to the horn stabs, as they update '60s soul (plus two-tone and trip-hop) with a crisp, modern touch. Aching falsetto tops off a spine-tingling mix of driving electric bass and swirling organs, while sirens and dub echoes make the noir nightscapes all the more vivid—seductive, but a little bit dangerous, too.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The jungle is a wilderness, but London groove collective Jungle, led by Tom McFarland and Josh Lloyd-Watson, are masters of control. Everything is in its right place on their debut album, from the dance moves to the horn stabs, as they update '60s soul (plus two-tone and trip-hop) with a crisp, modern touch. Aching falsetto tops off a spine-tingling mix of driving electric bass and swirling organs, while sirens and dub echoes make the noir nightscapes all the more vivid—seductive, but a little bit dangerous, too.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
265 Ratings
265 Ratings
Asarien

Looking forward to this with great anticipation.

The released singles so far are solid. A superbly refreshing take on the Electronic genre with a hint of throwback to the R&B/Soul of the 1970s.

Nicholas Fultz

Stellar stuff!

This album is most definitely a winner for fans of indie, alternative, and electronic. The most popular song (for good reason) is easily "Busy Earnin", however there are plenty of other gems. Picking up the entire album won't leave you listening to only a select few. All of the songs are amazing in their own way, and they all make you groove, tap your feet, and bob your head. Great stuff, I really hope this band gets it's due reputation and can really take off. Lots of potential.

elitmond

Superb and Freaking cool

Favorites: Busy Earnin' & Drops. This is that 'walk down the street like you're the sh** music'
It reminds me of that scene from Spider-Man 3 when Peter Parker got infected and he was super cool and stuff.
Saying all of that to say this...it's amazing and I love it. I'd buy it 20x if I could.

About Jungle

Jungle are a group from London whose music is an atmospheric update of '70s funk and soul. Led by musicians identified only as J and T, Jungle formed in early 2013 and released their first singles -- the lazing, hypnotic dance grooves "Platoon" and "The Heat" -- for the Chess Club label in July and October that year. The former gained Jungle a significant amount of notice for its striking video, which featured only the athletic dance moves of six-year-old English B-girl Terra. The duo expanded Jungle into a seven-piece band for live performances, as they did not want to simply play the music from their laptops in concert. Tickets for the group's first London performance in December 2013 reportedly sold out within 24 hours of going on sale. Along with the likes of Banks, Sampha, Chance the Rapper, and winner Sam Smith, Jungle were selected for the long list of the BBC Sound of 2014 poll. That March, the group went on tour with opening (for HAIM) and headlining dates scheduled for performances in France, the Netherlands, the U.K., and the U.S., including the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. Jungle's self-titled debut album arrived on XL in July of 2014. It was well-received, hitting the Top 10 in the U.K. album charts and eventually being certified gold, in addition to appearing on several year-end best-of lists. The band maintained a busy touring schedule during 2015, playing festivals such as Glastonbury and Belgium's Dour Festival, in addition to sold-out concerts at large venues such as London's Brixton Academy. ~ Andy Kellman

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