They were just a name shrouded in mystery after an EP that spread like wildfire through Soundcloud, before their eponymous debut long-player became one of the year's stand-out records, and sent them bursting into the mainstream just in time for festival season, with tracks like the horn-led Busy Earnin' or the smooth synth-funk of The Heat (worth a watch for its fantastic video, too) becoming defining sounds of the summer.
The duo known as J and T have found a smoky, soulful sound somewhere on the way to pure George Clinton P-Funk with a splash of the Beegees, pulling off something that for all the world had to be more than two young Londoners at their PCs.
For their live shows, two does indeed become seven or eight, and their disco-flecked neo-soul is given the treatment it deserves. Songs are pulled apart, flowing into extended improvisations that satisfy the yearning their all-too-brief cuts leave you with the first time around, and it becomes more and more surprising that this isn't how the band began.
While the album, after a few listens, begins to sound a little repetitive - the better tracks melting into, and becoming lost in, average surroundings - live is really where they come into their own, and makes this a show not to miss.
|Jungle, Brixton Academy
|Brixton Academy, 211 Stockwell Rd , SW9 9SL | MAP
On 03 Jun 15, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
|Tickets are now sold out