Keep Moving is a euphoric eruption of funk and groove well worth your attention, writes Music Critic Molly Rushton
The new track by London producer duo, Jungle, is euphoric. Taken from upcoming album, Loving in Stereo, it emerges from the ruins of the past year, stoically joyful, and with one message: keep on going.
Ten seconds into my first listen I found myself rhythmically stirring risotto and swaying my hips, with a big smile on my face – it already felt like things were getting a bit better. ‘Keep Moving’ is like summer in a song, and it truly is the tonic we are all in need of. Within it, lies the promise that better days are coming.
To incite such feeling so immediately is powerful, and it takes skill that very few have. Luckily, J Lloyd and Tom McFarland of the band, have no hesitation in sharing theirs.
When accompanied by the intro track, ‘Dry Your Tears,’ this newest single has even more impact. You are eased in, with a somewhat cinematic, dramatic build. Yet just as you are being told one thing is ending, you will instantly be introduced to something new.
The new single gives a taste of the new era to come. In an interview with NME, Lloyd said that Loving in Stereo is ‘like the realisation of everything that we’ve ever tried to do.’ After the subtle evolution that has occurred through the previous two albums, Jungle are throwing away the formula that has brought gems like ‘Busy Earnin,’ and ‘Casio.’
The exceptionally choreographed video showcases a collection of individual talent, matching the ensemble feel of the track. Each dancer has their own style, their own contribution, mirroring the unique impact of the addition of choric voices and strings sections.
Jungle’s sound has always been all-encompassing. You will find yourself enveloped by soft beats, calming vocals, and transported to a place where all you want to do is move. Listening to the latest single, you will certainly still find yourself in this place, but perhaps transported by different means.
‘Keep Moving’ exudes the confidence of a band striving to know themselves – and succeeding. It is exciting, surprisingly powerful, and (true-to-form) completely unique.
Get moving, and give it a listen.
‘Keep Moving’ is available now via Caiola Records
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