I’ve always been a fan of music videos. I have vivid memories of watching MuchMusic’s countdowns as a kid and recording them on VHS tapes. I’m a visual person, so when I see a great video paired with an awesome song I get really excited. A little while ago, I saw the video for “Platoon” by the group Jungle. “Platoon” is basically a video of a little kid with so much ‘tude it’s a little frightening. Within 30 seconds, you are you blown away by how crazy of a dancer she is — breakdancing and spinning around on her head, all the while having so much swag. I listened to the self-titled debut album in its entirety last week — and the whole time I just wanted to get up and dance.
Jungle’s music is heavily influenced by funk and the disco era. If you enjoyed Daft Punk’s album Random Access Memories then you need to start listening to these guys. Bandmates Josh Lloyd-Watson and Tom McFarland hail from London, UK. It’s hard not to talk about Jungle’s music videos. Each one features people starting off in unique settings and then breaking out into choreographed dancing. They’re infectious and hold their own individually. My personal favourite – “The Heat” – is two guys dressed in full Adidas doing an awesome roller skate dance. Formed last year, Jungle has already played large-scale festivals such as SXSW and the Glastonbury Festival to rave reviews. They just played Toronto and will be performing a sold-out show at The Imperial in Vancouver tomorrow night. If you can’t make the show, pick up Jungle’s self-titled debut album today!
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