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.
“Always good to hear new James Blake, it’s a great track with a really haunting sound, looking forward to hearing his new album.”
“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.”
“Another great track from Nao, she’s really one to watch, a really strong and unique vocalist.”