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- Busy Earnin' by Jungle
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Who are Jungle? The press release tells me there are two of them, sometimes expanding to a seven-piece live band, but I genuinely have no idea if any of these people photographed on the sleeve are actually playing any of the music on the record. It's a bit confusing. These guys impressed me with their last 7" though, and this new one isn't disappointing. They've got a bright and modern electro-soul sound, with 'Busy Earnin'' finding an addictive middle ground between TV on the Radio and Gnarls Barkley. It's an unashamedly catchy dancefloor filler, opening with atmospheric Italo-disco synths and slap bass before plunging us headlong into an irresistible funk-soul boogie full of uplifting brass and clever synth work and disembodied "Woop. Huh." vocal embellishments, along with a tightly harmonised falsetto vocal lead that'll be stuck in my head all day now.
Over on the other side we've got their first two singles, 'The Heat' and 'Platoon', repackaged as B sides. A bit of a swiz you say? Yes, there is that, but these are still good songs and some people haven't got them yet. They're more understated and introspective than the brash A side, with the TV on the Radio influence even more apparent, but both great examples of their impeccably executed nu-soul sound. It's amazing how this band have just appeared on the scene fully formed and ready for stardom, and if they can capitalise on this faultless run of singles with a debut album of similar quality then it's there for the taking. The cynic in me, however, thinks this kind of class doesn't materialise out of thin air and maybe they're staying mysterious because otherwise we'd recognise them...either way this is good pop music and I'm backing it.
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