Song(s) of the Day: Jungle – Good Times/Problemz

Jungle follow last year’s critically adored UK #3 album ‘Loving In Stereo’ with some huge plans for 2022. They then headline a selection of major festivals alongside some huge outdoor summer shows, before going global with major European festivals all summer, and then a long awaited month-long North American headline tour which commences in late August. Amidst all of that, the duo – J and T – have also hit Metropolis Studios in London to work on new music which will shape the next chapter in the Jungle story.  Today they share the first result of those sessions with the brand new standalone singles ‘Good Times’ and ‘Problemz’. The two songs are also combined in a new video, which bursts with the joyous, high intensity choreography that is a defining hallmark of the Jungle aesthetic.
 ‘Good Times’ brims with the kind of gospel fervour, spirited soul and disco-meets-hip-hop beats that will make it an irresistible highlight of this summer’s celebratory shows. ‘Problemz’ then drops the tempo but swelters just as intensely, its soaring vocal harmonies, blissful grooves and irresistible hand-clap beats establishing a similarly sun-kissed delirium. In short: these are two tracks built to achieve communal euphoria during Jungle’s exuberant live experience.
 Directed – as ever – by JFC Worldwide (Charlie Placido and J. Lloyd), the accompanying short film stars Amsterdam’s leading dance crew the Ghetto Funk Collective alongside some familiar faces from previous Jungle videos. It opens with a girls versus boys dance battle soundtracked by ‘Good Times’, but the vibe is unity rather than competition, while the uplifting ambience is heightened by effervescent cinematography and classic ‘70s fashion. The lighting drops to deep red as the action shifts to Alberto’s Jazz Bar for ‘Problemz’. While the dance moves are more laidback, they’re just as eye-catching. Enjoy them!