Jungle

Mysterious outfit Jungle, aka T and J, are slowly turning up the temperature on their tribal disco. Having sussed out the inner workings of the old New York funk masters, they're serving up something soothingly soulful and familiar but with a fresh edge. Both their releases to date place Jungle somewhere in between Daft Punk’s Get Lucky, Connan Mockasin’s Caramel and the Shaft! soundtrack – and have mass appeal stamped all over them.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 27 Jan 2014
  • min read
Mysterious outfit Jungle, aka T and J, are slowly turning up the temperature on their tribal disco. Having sussed out the inner workings of the old New York funk masters, they're serving up something soothingly soulful and familiar but with a fresh edge.

The pair has been cascading watertight basslines, insanely catchy pop hooks and vintage production styles out of west London since early last year, with Radio 1 and Xfm quick to seize on the early promise of Platoon and The Heat.

Both tracks place Jungle somewhere in between Daft Punk’s Get Lucky, Connan Mockasin’s Caramel and the Shaft! soundtrack – and have mass appeal stamped all over them.

Layered production, enveloped in a subtle vintage fuzz, is squared off by Roland 808 handclaps, while sharp lyrics and silky vocals shore up their funk edge.

With a debut album in the wings and a few strategic live dates up their sleeve, including a support slot with BBC Sound of 2013 poll winners Haim in March, Jungle seem to have all their ducks in a row.

After a couple of releases through Chess Club Records they have become the latest edition to XL Recordings’ revered roster, which includes The xx, Vampire Weekend, Atoms for Peace and Adele. And with their debut album in the pipeline, this lot are look ready to rule the festivals this summer.

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