May 11, 2014

hmv.com reviews… Jungle @ The Great Escape
by James
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hmv.com reviews… Jungle @ The Great Escape

Who?

Jungle – mysterious London duo (or collective?) dealing in cool, electro-infused, shimmering disco grooves with a distinctly urban flavour.

Where?

The Haunt – Pool Valley, Brighton @ The Great Escape

Was it full? And how were the crowd?

It was absolutely heaving, probably the tightest squeeze we’ve been involved with this weekend. The Haunt isn’t a huge venue and the place was crammed to the rafters with eager music fans hoping to get a glimpse of the secretive Jungle.

So what was the set like? What did they play?

At 30 minutes it was short and sweet like most of them are at TGE, but they covered all the singles released so far including ‘Drops’ and ‘The Heat’, plus some unheard material you would expect is from the new album. It was loud, it was smooth, it was funky, and even though there was no space to dance, that didn’t really stop anyone.

Any good between song banter?

As you would probably expect, there wasn’t too much happening in the chatter stakes from an act that have made a point of not giving away too much about themselves.

Did they put on much of a show?

They kept it pretty simple really, in terms of presentation, with about 6 or 7 people on the stage at any one time. The music sounded incredible though and there was a real sense of excitement in the crowd. Their sound is so fresh and there's really not many things you could compare it to that are around at the moment, but it really does make you want to move.

What was the highlight of the set?

’Platoon’ sounded absolutely huge, a towering wall of sound that had the crowd heaving in unison to its ‘I’ll knock you down / Brother, please’ chorus, but the whole set was consummate from an act who are still very new on the scene. Their album is out in June on XL and they look set for big things. If last night was anything to go by, they may be every bit as good as the hype surrounding them would suggest.

Where can I catch them next?

They’ll be on at the Oval Space in London on May 23rd

Jungle - Platoon

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