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JUNGLE: @Oxford Art Factory, July 2014 [Gig Review]

Words by Antonia Gauci.

JUNGLE has been my addiction for the last eight months. It was love at first listen. Videos with dancers dressed head to toe in adidas, the roller skating guys, not to mention the cutest and most incredible b.girl I’ve ever seen… L.O.V.E.

I was beyond excited to see them at Oxford Art Factory this week, and so was the rest of Sydney. The place was over capacity, bursting at the seams with a sea of nodding heads, swaying bodies and flailing limbs…smart phones in hands.

Darkness descends. Exotic birdcalls slowly creep in filling the room with the soundscape of the amazon. I look to my friend and we both nod in agreement – we’re in the jungle baby.

The band, undaunted by the task of playing to a sold out show, stroll through the haze, casually assume their positions on stage and open with their smooth spaghetti-western funk interlude ‘Smoking Pixels’.

They transition into ‘Lucky I Got What I Want,’ bringing in their swoony three part vocal melodies, and by the end of the second chorus they’ve nailed their first drop – we’re in for one very slick show.

After slowly working the crowd its time for lift off. Sirens wail and we’re in ‘The Heat,’ ‘Julia’ electrifies the room with its luscious chorus and the dance floor erupts for the latest single ‘Time.’ Nobody is still. The band executes each song with virtuosity, all while constantly exchanging their instruments between them.

Then as soon as it started, it comes to an end. The synth horn lines kick off ‘Busy Earnin’ and the blissed-out groove eases us back into reality.

Rating: ★★★★

Jungle’s Jungle is available now through iTunes, thanks to XL Recordings / Remote Control. | |

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