The word ‘elusive’ is often thrown about when discussing new, emerging bands, but in the case of Jungle, it couldn’t be more appropriate. Despite revealing very little about themselves, the group have built up a large fanbase, including Radio 1’s Huw Stephens who called them, “One of the most intriguing and fresh sounding bands out there”.
Further recognition for Jungle came when they found themselves on the BBC Sound of 2014 list, after playing only their second live show. The band’s allure remains potent; their blend of slippery, tribal funk is enticing ears and drawing interest nationwide. Their debut singles ‘The Heat’ and ‘Platoon’ went viral online, while their latest offering, ‘Busy Earnin’ was one of Zane Lowe’s Hottest Records In The World.
The enigma of Jungle stretches only as far to tell us they comprise of T and J, friends who grew up as neighbours in West London, and plan to release an album later this year. Creating music organically, the band say they would ‘rather not work towards a deadline’ and instead ‘focus on enjoying the creative process’: an approach that has clearly manifested itself in their dreamy, soulful sound.
Jungle start their UK tour at The Globe, Cardiff on Thursday 1st March. If the hype surrounding this band is anything to go by, catch them before they inevitably erupt and see them in an intimate setting while you still can.