10 New Artists You Need to Know: April 2014Meet the rising stars of rock, hip-hop, EDM, country and more acts shaping your tomorrow
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Sounds Like: A British, blue-eyed take on the sunnier side of alt-R&B. Not, in fact, actual jungle techno
For Fans Of: Kwes, recent Toro y Moi, some Blood Orange
Why You Should Pay Attention: Little was known about Jungle – a UK duo whose members only go by "J" and "T" and have yet to release a proper band pic – before their recent run of sold-out concerts. But if people only came to see how they looked (spoiler alert: two white guys), they stayed because of how they sounded. Live, the group expands to seven, a full band recreating the richness of tracks like "Busy Earning" and "The Heat" and a female singer, Rudy, making their vocals more dynamic. The duo cites Justin Timberlake as a formative influence, and last year the pop star approvingly directed fans to the music video for their "Platoon."
They Say: "I'm a quite a shy person," T says. "When people are like, 'Yeah, let's take a photo,' I'm like, 'Nah.' I think a lot of new artists feel like they need to be very visible and have an opinion on things. But after years and years and years, after you've released great album after great album, that's when you've got your platform to say what you want. With the visual side of things, we just loved the idea of people dancing to our music, and we found some really cool people who could do that incredibly well, in a really rare way.
Hear for Yourself: Horns – some sounding live, others synthesized – push "Busy Earning" higher and deeper. By Nick Murray