Jungle’s eponymous album sent them stratospheric. It allowed them to play around the world, headlining such legendary venues as Brixton Academy, receive praise from Noel Gallagher (no easy feat), and arguably kickstart London’s new obsession with funk, soul and jazz. Then they disappeared. Relocating to Los Angeles, they went to “find themselves” and came out with their sophomore record, For Ever. A fusion of trip-hop, neo-soul, and plastic soul, with all the ingredients that made their debut great, For Ever is an instant classic.
If the start of the Brighton Festival is anything to go by, we’re in for another corker of a May. Proceedings of the art festival were opened by London’s neo-soul group Jungle who proved that they’ve got more than enough to follow-up their Mercury Prize-nominated eponymous album. Make no mistake, however, because if their London show at Electric Brixton back in November played as their comeback, then their Dome show was their rebirth. Featuring fantastic new songs, as well as their old favourites, it was a gig – and a tour – that made it clear what it was for: to reintroduce the band before dropping their new record. Whether that be new bangers, slow jams or a mixture of the two, it provided another catalogue of euphoric bangers for the Jungle arsenal.
It’s official, Jungle are back. After falling off the radar after their eponymous album tour, they returned for their first London headline tour since June 2015 at an intimate (for them) Electric Brixton. With an emphatic set that showcased new songs, old favourites and a simply awesome set design, Jungle’s live show is expertly mixed with live theatrics that gives their shows a carnival feel.