For those who wondered how the combination of a good ol’ Blaxploitation soundtrack and electronic pop might sound like, the semi-mysterious London duo Jungle, presents a damn good case. The beat-driven “The Heat” unveils some seriously burgeoning electronic funk-pop, bordering on a lost James Mason or Don Raye recording. Having said that, it doesn’t in any way sound like it belongs in a museum; instead it’s a standout cut from an act that are doing their own thing, and apparently getting increasingly better at it. “The Heat” follows “Platoon” as yet another crucial release through Chess Club Records, out October 21.
- Stream: Jungle, “The Heat” (thefader.com)