Jungle are back with two brand new tracks – ‘Happy Man’ and ‘House In La’ via XL Recordings – and you can listen to the former now on the Shoot Music – New Releases playlist.
Each showcasing a very different side of their sound, AA sided single cuts ‘Happy Man‘ and ‘House In LA‘ are the first tracks to be revealed from Jungle’s forthcoming second album which was recorded in London.
If their first album was their imaginary soundtrack to the places they had never been, their new record captures the landscapes they had so often dreamed of. To write and record the new album, Josh Lloyd-Watson and Tom McFarland swapped Shepherds Bush for the Hollywood Hills. Their romanticization of The California Dream clashed with the reality of living it— although the experience led them back home to London to finish the album, the journey itself ultimately defining the music it produced.
‘Happy Man‘ sees the band visiting themes of disenfranchised youth in an era where the dreams of the Baby Boomers are out of reach for a younger generation (lyrical terrain previously explored in Jungle’s crossover anthem ‘Busy Earnin‘), while ‘House In LA’ is a complete 180 handbrake turn from ‘Happy Man’. It finds the band holed up in the hills of Los Angeles, choppers whirring in the background, heartbroken, regrouping and soul searching.
Jungle burst onto the scene towards the end of 2013 with their first two singles: ‘The Heat’ and ‘Platoon’. Appearing out of nowhere and propelled by feverish word of mouth online and IRL, they would transform over the next few years from an anonymous production duo to a kaleidoscopic, personality-filled seven piece live band built around the core duo of Josh and Tom, whose debut album (2014’s self-titled ‘Jungle’) was one of the year’s defining debut records; one that would end up nominated for the UK’s Mercury Music Prize and go on to sell over half a million copies.
Following recent appearances at Coachella, Jungle are currently out on a European headline tour but have also announced more UK and European dates. The band will also return to North America in June for a run of further headline shows around an appearance at Bonnaroo.