Thursday, 21 November 2013

Ones to Watch 2014 - #4 Jungle

Jungle’s debut EP The Heat got a lot of tongues wagging a few months ago; and rightly so. The funk, electric soul, slick grooves, falsetto intimacies and retro cool that flowed from the recordings is 100% immaculate and guaranteed to get hips gently swinging. There’s a retro-classic pop sensibility, effortless style and laid back club-warmth to the songs with (initially) no information about the musican(s) at all. Add to this two mesmerising linked theme videos featuring some bad-ass dancing from a tracksuited kid (Platoon) and two roller-skaters (The Heat) and what you have is one of the most intriguing new bands of 2013.

There have been hints and statements that this was a one man solo production effort, but a handful of regional UK live shows have now revealed Jungle, the live experience at least, to be a complete 7 piece band fronted by two individuals known only as “T” and “J”. Jungle have yet to play London, although a date is forthcoming and they’ve already been confirmed for next years SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. Expect the heat to get turned higher. Here come Jungle, without doubt Ones to Watch in 2014.

Jungle - Drops

Jungle - Platoon

Jungle - Platoon from Jungle on Vimeo.

Jungle - The Heat

Jungle - The Heat from Jungle on Vimeo.

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