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Jungle play their debut London show at Chat's Palace

11 December 2013, 10:56 | Written by George O'Brien

Fresh from securing their rightful place on pretty much every end of year lists, Jungle played their hotly anticipated debut London show last night.

The mysterious West London duo – simply known as T and J – grabbed attention in May with “Platoon” and have played regional and even European shows before coming to the capital’s little-known Chat’s Palace.

Shrouded in smoke (anyone hoping to learn more about their identity would have been disappointed) and welcomed by a fitting chorus of Jungle creatures, the band emerged to a typically funk-fuelled jam, slinking effortlessly into latest single “The Heat“.

All their soul and swagger translated to the live setting, particularly thanks to a sumptuous drum sound and some gospel-like backing vocals. Slick and regular interchanges between instruments showed-off the early professionalism, while “Drops” showcased romantic, late-night depth in song-writing as well as the quality of their crying falsetto.

Following the melodic brilliance of “Lucky I Got What I Want” and a couple of disco-dancing, trumpet-sampling new tracks, an elongated jam of their aforementioned debut cut wrapped-up the short set – a staccato, dancing refrain of “Go tell who you want to” ringing out to the very end. When it comes to Jungle, we want to tell everyone.

Smoking Pixels
The Heat
Lucky I Got What I Want
Son Of A Gun

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