Jungle are masters of putting a new-school edge on old-school nostalgia and then adding a whole bunch of contemporary texture that makes it impossible to sit still. You only need to watch one of their music videos (seriously, any of them) to see the absolute power they have to make their listeners get up and dance.
Their latest single from their upcoming album, Loving in Stereo, also marks their first feature collaboration with Dreamville rapper, Bas. It’s straight-up, feel-good hip-hop at its finest. It may not be quite as energetic and joyous as previous single “Keep Moving”, but it more than makes up for it in funk, style, and groove. It’s Jungle all right, but a laid-back, cheery, chilled-out version. And while I miss Jungle’s usual vocal additions, Bas absolutely kills it by adding his own spin to the sound of the track, while ensuring Jungle’s usual unstoppable magic is maintained throughout.
Speaking to NME earlier this year, Jungle said of Loving in Stereo:
“It’s all kind of chaotic and magical, and I think that that’s why there’s that energy to the record – everything just went up a level.”
And we’re totally here for it.
Loving in Stereo is out August 13th via AWAL.