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“I don’t know a thing about you,” Jungle sing on their debut album. Until recently we didn’t know much about the hyped London duo either. They emerged last year amid mystery, not appearing in publicity photos and known only by the initials “J” and “T”.
But the anonymity has lifted with the arrival of Jungle, the pair revealing themselves to be Joshua Lloyd-Watson and Tom McFarland whose guilty secret is that they used to be in failed indie band Born Blonde.
Their new venture is very different in style, and far more successful with it – a sinuous mix of funk, soul and disco, too restrained to set the party alight but possessing a smooth and persuasive magnetism.
Beats are unhurried, the vocals sound like the Bee Gees chanting a mantra and the production is thoughtful, as with the way “Lucky I Got What I Want” weaves together soulful organ, finger clicks and a metronomic pulse into an insistently catchy number.
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