Take 5 with Jungle

Jungle was founded by Tom McFarland and Josh Lloyd-Watson. The pair had been friends since they were nine years old, when they lived next door to each other in Shepherd’s Bush. They both went to school together, and played together within a number of different groups, one of which, Born Blonde, saw some success. They went on to form Jungle at the beginning of 2013, choosing to put an aesthetic emphasis on the music’s surrounding artwork and videos, and not on the pairs’ own identity, (McFarland and Lloyd-Watson came to be known as J and T). Their subsequent success has been significant. The album “Jungle” was shortlisted for the 2014 Mercury Prize in September 2014 and the band played on the Other Stage at the 2015 Glastonbury Festival. Ahead of their DJ set performance for Flux in Leeds next weekend, we sat down to Take 5.

1. James Blake – Modern Soul [Unknown]

“Always good to hear new James Blake, it’s a great track with a really haunting sound, looking forward to hearing his new album.”

2. Leon Vynehall – Kiburu’s [Running Back]

“We’re big fans of Leon and have played with him a few times before. He’s got a lot of great productions, this one’s a mad tripped out jungle rave.”

3. Junie Morrison – Suzie Thundetussy [Westbound Records]

“We’ve been bumping the Kanye album recently, this is the track Madlib sampled for No More Parties In LA, classic funk from the Ohio Players singer.”

4. Nao – Fool to Love [Little Tokyo Recordings]

“Another great track from Nao, she’s really one to watch, a really strong and unique vocalist.”

5. Riton Ft. Kah-Lo – Rinse & Repeat [Spinnin’ Records]

“We heard this on the radio the other day and loved the energy of it, a cool and dark club banger, one to play loud in the car.”