Jungle released their debut self-titled album in mid-July and I have been bumping it constantly ever since, turning me into a massive fan. The producing duo of Josh Lloyd-Watson and Tom McFarland, who grew up together in west London, shrouded their identities in mystery until after they released their single “The Heat”. After they revealed their identities they exploded across the UK. Their sound would be best described as catchy low-fi funk with chilled out vocals, don’t discount their music as boring though because their baselines are extremely appealing and certainly pack a wallop.
Jungle opens with high energy “The Heat” and maintains that level of fun accessibility through quite a few tracks and right up to the remarkable “Platoon”. It is after “Platoon” that the album changes course and though it maintains its funky synth lines and simple yet well timed 4/4 claps the general feeling of the songs takes a slower and darker turn. This vibe is most notable in the heavy “Drops” and is more or less maintained for the rest of the album. “Julia” proves to be a real treat and is in my opinion the best track on the album as it keeps the gloomier sense of the latter part of the album while occasionally exploding with an irresistible synth line complete with howls. Although the bands lyrics aren’t particularly impressive (they don’t need to be as it’s more about the vocal effects) “Julia” also displays a high point in this aspect with Josh belting out well fitted lines such as: “Are you mad about me? (All I ever need)/Or do you see a fool?”
Although the album is less of a complete work than it is a collection of incredibly sexy singles, it still stands its own and is one the best albums I’ve had the pleasure of listening to in years. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.
Jungle – The Heat
Jungle – Julia