Latitude 2014

Jungle floor Latitude 2014 with a showcase of their debut album

Funk collective’s starry-eyed first record comes to life in festival season.

Jungle’s debut album is out this week, which in turn has put the funk-leaning duo under the spotlight. Suddenly they’re being accused of not having enough variation of songs, or a dodgy marketing routine that’s given them a platform. None of this matters one jot today. Midway through a run of festivals that’ll affirm their reputation as the most exciting band in the world, they bring Henham Park to a disco rapture, complete with absolutely god-awful dance moves and a set that - despite recent criticisms - shows genuine diversity.

T and J front the project, poring over every detail and threading tracks from their record with more crescendos than even the most bombastic Bruce Springsteen set would dare to provide. Even the lighter tracks - ‘Lucky I Got What I Want’ and ‘Drops’ - are given a synth-tastic boost, waves on strobes welcoming every single note.

It’s in the designated monster tracks, ‘Busy Earnin’’ especially, that this group prove their summer status. This time last year they’d barely unveiled their debut track. ‘Platoon’ ends up closing this set, a memento to its initially underground status. Since then, Jungle have received critics left, right and centre. But they’ve kept their trajectory. They’ve shunned all naysayers with instinct. It’s difficult to imagine them coming short from here onwards. Their path’s already mapped out - this is but a jot on the radar. Long may the ‘Busy Earnin’’ adventure continue.

DIY is the official media partner at Latitude 2014. We’ll be bringing you extensive coverage from in and around the fest, and you can find copies of the July 2014 issue in the Latitude supermarket!

Tags: Jungle, Latitude, Festivals, Reviews, Live Reviews

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