JUN­GLE

UNCUT - - New Al­bums - NIGEL WILLIAM­SON

For Ever XL 7/10 Lon­don neo-soul out­fit dig deeper on long-awaited sec­ond

If the self-ti­tled 2014 de­but from Tom McFar­land and Josh Lloyd-Wat­son was Jun­gle’s songs of in­no­cence, the fol­low-up is billed as their songs of ex­pe­ri­ence. The eu­phoric rush of their first al­bum won them Mer­cury and BRIT nom­i­na­tions and sold half a mil­lion copies, but the break-up of long-term ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ships and all the other usual strife of life has in­ter­vened, re­sult­ing in a fol­low-up that is more know­ing and nu­anced, although the ex­pan­sive dance grooves re­main un­in­hib­ited. If Earth, Wind & Fire had been trans­ported from 1970s Chicago to 21st-cen­tury Shep­herd’s Bush, they might in­deed have sounded some­thing like this.

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