Jungle @ The Leadmill
Having dusted off their shade of anonymity, funk and soul collective Jungle are packing out venues throughout the UK as they branch out and bring their music to the masses. Having shot to fame last year on the back of brilliantly choreographed music videos featuring the likes of 6-year-old B-girl Terra and UK skate crew High Rollaz, the brainchild of south Londoners Tom McFarland and Josh Lloyd-Watson is now making waves in its full form – a seven piece live band.
It’s Friday night and The Leadmill is at capacity – think 900 people dancing every which way as the stage is lit up by flashing ‘JUNGLE’ letters and impeccably timed and iridescent songs are enthralling the audience. This is what modern funk sounds like. Between songs, when elbows have stopped waving around and people are catching their breath back, the applause is thunderous. There’s some serious appreciation going on here, and none more than for Jungle’s latest single ‘Julia’. It’s the genuine passion and talent of the performers that makes this show what it is; they are enjoying it just as much as we are. The encore of crowd favourites ‘Busy Earning’ and ‘Time’ is the high point, rounding off an absolute corker of an evening and forcing me to put it out there and say that this is potentially the most fun I’ve ever had at a gig. It boils down to this – seize any chance you have to see this band. And wear comfortable shoes.