This week’s download comes from Jungle and their forthcoming album “Loving in Stereo.” You have seven days to download the song “Keep Moving.”
From the press release:
“Loving In Stereo,” the highly anticipated new album from British songwriting and production duo Jungle, is set for release on August 13 via AWAL. “Keep Moving,” the album’s debut single, premieres today accompanied by an official music video.
The disco-infused track, which premiered on Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World, reflects the changing circumstances the pair found themselves in during these trying times. As co-founder Tom McFarland summarizes, “Whatever you go through, as long as you can stay strong and fight it, there’s always something on the other side.”
Jungle directed the video for “Keep Moving” alongside longtime collaborator and creative partner Charlie Di Placido, the first look at a larger project to create a visual identity for every track on the album. In pursuit of this aim, Jungle filmed all the visuals in five days, shooting roughly three videos a day. “Our focus was to create a collection of visuals where we developed the narratives of the characters throughout the whole piece, giving the audience a chance to form more emotional connections to these inspiring people,” explains McFarland.
“We had always been inspired by West Side Story and the idea of two groups working together and in opposition at times,” furthers the other half of Jungle, Josh Lloyd-Watson. “We worked closely with two of the best up and coming choreographers in London, Nathaniel Williams and Cece Nama, who both have their own distinct styles. The fusing of these two styles created a whole new approach for us where style and movement could be fluid.”
As “Loving In Stereo” is an album that embodies what’s sure to be a summer of social liberation, it’s fitting that Jungle are experiencing something similar. Lifelong friends J and T are embracing the newfound freedom of launching their own label for the first time, a decision that has initiated a creative rebirth. They’ve ditched the external influences, put commercial considerations on the backburner and avoided second-guessing what people expect from them. Instead, they’ve taken their music back to their roots, to a time when they could make whatever music they liked without overthinking it. The album’s themes exude positivity—new beginnings, new love and fighting back against the odds. “When we write music there’s hope,” adds Lloyd-Watson. “Maybe today we’ll create something that influences people and changes the way they feel. If you can make something that lifts people, that’s an amazing feeling.”
“Loving In Stereo” was recorded at J and T’s own studio as well as The Church Studios. The album features songwriting contributions from Inflo—a Mercury Prize and Ivor Novello Award winner for his work with Michael Kiwanuka and Little Simz—as well as vocal contributions from rapper Bas and rising star Priya Ragu, which marks the duo’s first feature collaborations.