Early last year a mysterious new band called Jungle appeared on my radar with the infectious track ‘Busy Earnin’ (which I listed as my favourite single of 2014). Since then I became quickly addicted to their beautifully simple dance music videos and fresh sound. Their debut album ‘Jungle’ is smooth and polished with strong funk elements and I love it.
Before seeing them live last week I was so excited to see how their album would translate to the live sphere and watching their performances online from other festivals got me suitably excited. This is a band who could so easily get on stage with their laptops and recreate their sound but they fully embrace their live performances with an entire live band. Their recent Radio 1 Live Lounge cover of ‘Uptown Funk’ is a good demonstration of how slick they sound live. I got to interview Josh and Tom before their gig and you could see how important it was for them to provide a good show, highlighting the differences between studio music and live music. The live sound they create is so tight, 3 minute songs becoming amplified to their full potential.
Opening with ‘Platoon’, they were immediately on point and bursting into current single ‘Julia’, there was no need to warm the crowd up as they were already dancing away. This gave Jungle the opportunity to delve into slower, thoughtful tracks such as ‘Lemonade Lake’ and ‘Lucky I Got What I Want’ a little later on, the audience completely entranced. The set list was perfect and although I assumed ‘Busy Earnin’ would be the encore track, ‘Time’ was absolutely the right choice. It may even have taken its place as my new favourite Jungle track.
As with any wonderfully great band, listening back to the album the next day you slightly crave for the full live band versions with backing singers, brass section etc. I suppose what you’re really craving is the memory and the experience of feeling the music in that moment. Although people were dancing throughout the set, ‘Time’ got everyone properly grooving, hipsters and pensioners alike. Not only did Jungle put on a good show, they threw an amazing party.
You can listen to my interview with Jungle here: https://audioboom.com/boos/2963610-olivia-interviews-jungle
You can watch their Live Lounge ‘Uptown Funk’ cover here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUCaDVBhPok