Four years following their self-titled debut album, U.K outfit, Jungle are back with the funk.
Upon first listen, For Ever takes a slightly lighter tone to their previous work; incorporating nostalgic, dream like sounds with a funky bass line and of course the unmistakable sound of their collective falsetto
Tracks like Beat 54 (All Good Now) show the musical stretch they’ve taken in this album by branching out into elements of disco, and incorporating strings reminiscent of 1950’s romance films. Casio shows the group experimenting with their usual vocal setup, pulling back their mutli-vocalist flair with just one male vocalist on the verse and the addition of a solo female voice heard in the last 30 seconds of the track.
Despite a lighter approach to some tracks, the classic Jungle sound is still evident in opening track, Smile, as well as Heavy, California and Happy Man, which is sure to keep everyone happy, from O.G Jungle fans to newcomers.
The album has an overall funk and soul vibe to it, whilst still taking the time to draw back into slower, croonier tracks like Mama Oh No. Towards the end of the tracklist we hear Cosurmyne, that replaces the usual distinct drum beat with a whimsical piano riff reminiscent of old school Disney, and even features a vocal sample that they’ve definitely dug deep to find.
In a year that has seen a multitude of really solid, well put together albums from artists around the world, Jungle’s For Ever album earns its place as one of my favourite albums of the year. In fact, I’m giving it 5/5 stars.