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Josh ‘J’ Lloyd-Watson and Tom ‘T’ McFarland, two lifelong friends from Shepherd’s Bush, next door neighbours in fact, had bounced around the world, propelled by the unexpected success of an album they didn’t anticipate anyone would hear, made by a band they didn’t mean to form.
But Jungle (the band) and Jungle (the self-titled 2014 debut album) did happen, and happen in both senses of the word. ‘Platoon’, ‘Busy Earnin’’, ‘Time’, ‘The Heat’, ‘Julia’. Neo-soul classics all, the aspirational sound of London, a soundtrack of escapism. An unmistakable Jungle sound and a unique, vivid, visual Jungle world. The whole thing dreamed up by a production and multi-instrumentalist duo who never expected to leave their bedroom studios, far less become the core of a talent-filled seven-strong collective that morphed into a killer live outfit.
Then, in 2017, back in London they met up and coming producer Inflo, best known for his work with Michael Kiwanuka.“He really accelerated things,” says J. “He just brought a whole load of other soul to the record.”
Writing and production stepped up a gear. Inflo took the pair out of their home studio for the first time and into Dean Street Studios and Metropolis. But even though they were back in London, the LA afterglow / comedown persisted. As T puts it, “a lot of this record is about us falling in love – and falling out of love. The whole record is that cycle. You never know whether you’re falling in love or out of love with somebody.”
Psychedelic, kaleidoscopic, romantic, realistic. Jungle are back with the bold and brilliant second album they had to make. Slightly older, slightly wiser, slightly battered emotionally, expressing heartbreak beautifully.
It wasn’t supposed to be like this, but they wouldn’t have it any other way. Jungle4eva.
The first Houses release in five years, Drugstore Heaven, marks a major artistic shift for L.A.-based songwriter/producer Dexter Tortoriello. Abandoning the heady concepts of his previous records for some of his tightest songwriting yet, Tortoriello is embracing the most fascinating character in his musical universe: himself.
Drugstore Heaven delivers a dynamically textured sound partly shaped by Tortoriello’s exploration of rave and drum-and-bass artists from the late ’90s. “At the time all that stuff was coming out, electronic music was just being discovered, so there was this really pioneering sense of what was possible,” he says. The lead single “Fast Talk,” featuring backing vocals of longtime Houses member Megan Messina, unfolds in hazy rhythms formed from chopped-up breakbeats and live percussion from timpani, glockenspiel, and a couple bottles of antidepressant medication. “That song is meant to be a memorial for a group of friends I had back in my late teens,” explains Tortoriello, adding, “Thematically it’s almost like a ballet where you keep driving around the same blocks, and people start disappearing from the car because they’re going to jail or dying.”
On Drugstore Heaven, embracing the personal also has its joyful side. The EP’s punchiest moment, “Left Alone,” emerges as bright and bouncy anthem celebrating the bliss of solitude, while closer “Pink Honey” is a lavishly romantic number built on ethereal vocals, delicate guitar tones, and luminous synth. “I was trying to turn that one into a sweeping love song, like something out of Casablanca,” says Tortoriello.
For Tortoriello, the deepest achievement of Drugstore Heaven lies in building a body of work that feels entirely true to the world in his head. “In the past I’ve felt self-conscious about the person I put forth in my music, but these songs feel very reflective of who I really am,” he says. Being this open still feels new to him, but for the listener, it’s a rewarding glimpse into the mind of a vital and forward-thinking artist.