ⓘ Jungle (band)

Jungle (band)

ⓘ Jungle (band)

Jungle is an English modern soul musical collective founded in 2013 by Tom McFarland and Josh Lloyd-Watson. Since its founding, Jungle has released two albums, 2014s Jungle, which was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize that year, and 2018s For Ever. The group is based in London.


1. Background

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 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, McFarland and Lloyd-Watson came to be known as J and T. Throughout the following year Jungle developed its nature as a collective by working with different artists across diverse disciplines. To perform the music live, Jungle expanded to a seven-piece band, fronted by J and T. The pair wished 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. J and T have explained that Jungle stemmed from a desire for honesty… true connection and friendship. It’s about being in a collective and collective energy… team spirit.’


2. Musical career

Jungles musical style has been described as "midtempo 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 are a spectacular live band," say DIY.


2.1. Musical career 2013–2018: Jungle

Jungle released their single "The Heat" on 21 October 2013 through Chess Club Records. In December 2013, Jungle were nominated for BBCs Sound of 2014 prize. That year, the group played at South by Southwest in Texas in March 2014. On 16 June 2014, the band played on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and played Glastonbury Festival later that month.

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.

During August 2014, the band played Reading and Leeds Festivals. During September 2014, Jungle played live on Le Grand Journal Canal+, played with Pharrell Williams at Londons Roundhouse for the iTunes Festival, and played live on Later. with Jools Holland.

The album "Jungle" was shortlisted for the 2014 Mercury Prize in September 2014. "Busy Earnin" was also voted in at Number 67 in the 2014 Triple J Hottest 100 Countdown in Australia.

In early 2015, it was announced that the band would perform at the Boston Calling Music Festival in May 2015. On 26 June 2015, Jungle played on the Other Stage at the 2015 Glastonbury Festival. On 9 December 2017, they performed as part of the line up of Tropico, a 3 day-long music festival in Acapulco, Mexico.


2.2. Musical career 2018–Present: For Ever

On 8 May 2018, Jungle released two new singles, "House in L.A." and "Happy Man," on a 7-inch record, and on multiple digital music platforms.

On 22 September 2018, the band played their single "Heavy, California "on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and, on 11 December 2018, the band played their single "Smile" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.


2.3. Musical career Use of songs in media

On 13 September 2018, their single "Heavy, California" was used to open the Apple September event. In December 2018, the bands single Platoon was used for the Peloton Digital Commercial Their single "Beat 54 All Good Now" was featured in football video game by EA Sports, FIFA 19. Recently during the summer of 2019, Jungle’s song, "The Heat", was played in Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew TV Commercial, Whoa Nitro Starbucks. Their single "Happy Man" was also featured in a commercial by phone network O2 in 2019.


2.4. Musical career Music videos

Jungle is known for their one-shot dance videos directed by Josh Lloyd-Watson, one-half of Jungle, who often works with the same dancers, choreographer, and cinematographer.

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