The Warehouse Project - Curated by Jungle
Friday 18th December
Store Street, Manchester
Giving Jungle the chance to curate their own night at The Warehouse Project was something that immediately caught the eye, when the 12 week run of shows was announced back in the summer. Alongside the London based band were John Talabot, Koreless, Happa and Lone who were spread across two rooms inside the carpark that lurks beneath Piccadilly train station.
The seven piece have had a stellar 18 months with performances at Glastonbury and Reading more than justifying the hype. Their self titled debut album Jungle was well received by the critics and was unlucky not to be picked for the coveted Mercury Music Prize for 2014.
John Talabot provided a set that infused shattering house drops as well as ambient bouncy beats. Having heard strong reviews from people who have seen him previously, I was curious as to what to expect from someone who has been written up so well and he didn't disappoint as an adequate warm up for the main attraction.
Starting their set by launching into the stirring Lucky I Got What I Want the synths and atmospheric tones reverberated around the red brick walls of Store Street, along with the crowd who duly joined to the sound of the groovy beats. Having been on the road continuously since last summer, the energy and prowess that the band brought to Manchester didn't waver in any form. The biggest reactions of the evening were saved for perhaps their best known offerings in Busy Earnin and Time which sent the crowd into a state of delirium.
Maybe harshly, there have been criticisms of the sound quality inside Store Street in the past but the team at Warehouse Project do a fantastic job of turning a working carpark into one of the most special venues in the city. Strangely the acoustics suited a guitar based band maybe more than the DJs who frequent the place more regularly.
Jungle have led a modern soul revival of late, yet their music is more suited to festivals in Summer rather than December nights in Manchester but take nothing away from their performance, they brought a special vibe to the Warehouse Project and it wouldn't surprise me if they were welcomed back into a more natural summer environment at Parklife in June.
Words by Joe Alexander
Photos courtesy of Gary Brown