London’s latest foray into modern soul comes cloaked in the accidental secrecy of Josh Lloyd-Watson and Tom McFarland, who went simply by “J” and “T” when the pair signed to XL Recordings sans press photos or much information. But the music spoke for itself — rich, funk-dipped pop that bubbled and spurted in its own kind of mesmerizing dance — and their group, Jungle, quickly became an act to watch both stateside and across the pond, earning a Mercury Prize nomination along the way. Now they’re performing live at the decidedly Polish and spacious Greenpoint venue Warsaw, an ideal backdrop for the five-piece band that joins the core duo when they perform live. The air of happiness and joy that seems to spurt up from Jungle’s music pushes it into a realm of light that the heaviness of commercial pop has all but abandoned. A must-see for fans of retro soul and click-snap r&b tones alike.
Wed., Oct. 1, 8 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 24, 2014