In the months leading up to the release of their self-titled debut album, Jungle managed to be both secretive and private as its members' true identities were shrouded in mystery. The British group, made up of two core members, known simply as T and J, managed to maintain such anonymity by hiring dancers who starred in their music videos and by using stills from the videos as publicity photographs. But the veil has since been lifted, as we have recently learned that producers Josh Lloyd-Watson and Tom McFarland are the names behind the initials. Despite the end of the secrecy, Jungle has managed to maintain its allure, which is undoubtedly due to the irresistible R&B that's laced throughout their debut.
Jungle create a sense of anticipation with the sirens and synths in their debut album's opener "The Heat," and once the song settles into the pocket of fast-paced funk, it never ceases. And when "Busy Earnin'" begins, you imagine yourself turning to whoever's next to you, be it friend or stranger, slowly bobbing your heads in unison to the groove of the song. This feeling lasts as you progress through the majority of Jungle
's songs, one exception being standout "Drops," which has moments of near-negative space within the falsetto, snaps, and drums, giving a nice break from the buzzing energy on the rest of Jungle
When you listen to Jungle
, you're not going to be sitting and contemplating lyrics like "Julia I don't know a think about you / soon enough you'll be all I ever knew," in "Julia" or "Just hold on tight / Don't let in, yeah" in "Time," but creating introspective lyrics clearly were not their intention — their sole intent, however, was to create infectious, dance-encouraging tunes. And T and J succeeded in creating one of the summer's most under-appreciated party albums.
Watch the video for "Busy Earnin'" below, and get your copy of Jungle here