Towards the end of 2013, Jungle released their first two singles: "The Heat" and "Platoon." The ensuing years saw them go from anonymous production duo to a personality-filled seven-piece live band built around the core duo of Josh Lloyd-Watson and Tom McFarland, whose debut album (2014's self-titled Jungle) was one of the year's defining debut records, selling over half a million copies.
They've now returned with a set of new songs, "Happy Man" and "House In LA," both taken from the band's forthcoming second album. Josh and Tom describe it as "a post-apocalyptic radio station playing break up songs.” The album was written in the Hollywood Hills and finished in London.
"Happy Man" sees the band visiting themes of disenfranchised youth in an era where the dreams of the Baby Boomers are out of reach for a younger generation (lyrical terrain previously explored in "Busy Earnin"). It's accompanied by a video that, for the first time ever, gives you a glimpse inside Jungle's world by introducing the band and new Jungle member Zangi who can be seen dancing in the video.
"Happy Man" and "House in LA" are out now via XL Recordings, with both streams below.