JUNGLE

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Jungle was founded by Tom McFarland and Josh Lloyd-Watson. The pair had been friends since they were nine years old, where they lived next door to each other in Shepherds Bush, London. They played together within a number of different groups, one of which, Born Blonde, saw some success. They went on to form Jungle at the beginning of 2013, choosing to put an aesthetic emphasis on the music’s surrounding artwork and videos, and not on the pairs’ own identity. Jungle’s musical style has been described as “mid-tempo 1970s-style funk”and their music is intermixed with “tropical percussion, wildlife noises, falsetto yelps, psychedelic washes and badoinking bass.” The band has a fearsome live reputation. Jungle developed its nature as a collective by working with different artists across diverse disciplines. To perform the music live, Jungle expands to a seven-piece band as they want to challenge themselves, resisting the temptation to simply re-produce their music from their laptops, and instead translated their songs into a full and organic live experience.They’ve explained that Jungle stemmed from a desire for ‘honesty… true connection and friendship. It’s about being in a collective and collective energy … a team spirit. They released their single “The Heat” on 21 October 2013 through Chess Club Records. Their debut album Jungle was released through XL Recordings on 14 July 2014. To celebrate the release the band played a special launch party on a Peckham rooftop. The show was filmed using drones. During launch week the band played live sessions on BBC Radio 1, 2 and 6 Music. The group headlined ROOTSTOCK 2018 and is now touring the USA with the release of their second album, “FOR EVER.”