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5.0 out of 5 stars Jungle are going places and taking a world with them - grab a piece of future history!, 21 July 2014
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Funk, though which genre, I am not particularly sure. Not that that matters - Jungle offer a resoundingly fresh take from a band with attitude. A debut album is a tough venture - the band's stamp has to be clear and yet it can't be too repetitive. While there's certainly a clear theme running through these tracks, each is sufficiently distinctive that their breadth as performers is very apparent and I'm sure that their future has been guaranteed if they wish to cultivate it.

Personally, I wouldn't call this Dance Funk, as one reviewer suggests (though Crumbler does have that potential). The lyrics are less dominant than the music and, frankly, could evolve a little more complexity but, at least, we're spared the pointlessly explicit of the 90s+, a good indication that this is a band firmly rooted in contemporary society and new social norms, even if its musical cadence is a little earlier.

They feel to me to be redefining the genre - lacking the distortions of Afrika Bambaataa, avoiding the geekiness of Kraftwerk, dropping the bass beat of Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters, and the cacophony that was Miles Davis and musique concrete. But you can't define a genre by the absence of other features - or can you? Is this stripped down funk, stripped down to real music?

Whatever, they are going places and taking a world with them - grab a piece of future history!
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