By Esin Huseyin
Another week, another Monday, another Music For The Week post; and it’s not one that will be sending you mixed messages like the weather last week, that’s for sure.
In case you haven’t read the title of the post, it is of course Jungle’s long awaited first album – who have taken the music industry by storm (couldn’t resist).
I first heard the musical talents of Jungle last year, when they were selected for the BBC Sound of 2014, and I kind of haven’t looked back – of course they released a few singles along the way; Platoon, The Heat, and Time. It’s safe to say that myself, and I’m sure a lot of you, have waited for the moment when they released their album. Luckily for us though, we have to wait no longer – have a little listen below:
The London based group have been described as the fathers of modern soul, with a spattering of funk thrown in for good measure, it’s a great album to perk yourself up on a Monday morning commute; 12 songs weighing in at a very modest 40 minutes – but it’s quality not quantity, remember. And, this album most definitely overloads you with up-tempo beats, foot-tapping melodies, memorable lyrics, thrown in with a bit of Jungle spirit thrown in for good measure.
Now, let me take you through my top three tracks on the album:
- The Heat – the opening track, and one of their singles from the album; skipping bass, head bopping funk rhythms, with a police siren (of course…). But, I feel that this song is synonymous to Jungle; from the vocals, all the way through to the riffs, this is a track that you’ll hear and will instantly recognise as, Jungle.
- Platoon – this is my favourite track on the album, and in fact it was the first single that initially started my love affair with the band. This track still has a funk inspired melody, but the vocals resonate soul; it’s a little bit more chilled, and I can genuinely imagine myself strutting down the road to this song. Repeated soul claps that Chic would be happy about, shattering glass, and overuse of echoes on the vocals – it just works, we’re not complaining.
- Lemonade Lake – the closing track on this incredible album, and it’s a completely different sound from the Jungle crew. Yes it’s still got the instantly recognisable vocals, but with the use of organs with a flourish of electronic sounds I feel transported in to a blend of soul, funk, and electro – almost Daft Punk/Pharell, but better. Yeah, I went there. You most definitely find yourself singing the lyrics “every day and every night, I miss you” over and over again, for ages after the song, trust me.
Jungle know the importance of not only pleasing us through their music, but also visually; they’ve chosen interesting, conversation starters, that make incredible music videos that leave you questioning whether they’re just a band? We here at Maybe wonder what they’ll have in store for us next.
Let us know what you thought of the album in the comments below.