Picture by Kiki Reijners

Jungle by Night has turned many dance floors into boiler rooms: from Istanbul to Tokyo and from Paris to the isle of Vlieland, nobody can withstand their afro beats, ethiobreaks, Turkish psych and spicy cumbia. Their latest album The Traveller sets its journey further through the jungle, taking it deeper and deeper into an unknown world. Carefree dancing to their signature sound is not something left in the past, but now there’s more going on. Jungle by Night’s saxophonist Pieter: “we really wanted to outdo ourselves and we hope that our audience is pleasantly surprised us reinventing ourselves.” The sound is new, exotic, even rough at times. Your ears have more time to explore the different layers in the music. The Traveller makes the mystery of the jungle even greater.

Six years ago, Jungle by Night grew popular as those nine young lads from Amsterdam who played infectious afrobeat. Even then, this label didn’t narrow down their genre enough. Growing up and traveling the world, more sources of inspiration crossed their paths, enriching their music. Keyboardist Pyke: “We are open minded towards all sortsof influences, from all over the world and eras, whilst looking out for our ownsignature form.” The boys have turned into men. Jungle by Night have performed at theimmense Fuji Rock in Japan and played at Montreal Jazz, the biggest jazz festival inCanada. They headlined shows in New York City, while France is considered as theirsecond home and Turkey is also no longer unknown territory. In The Netherlands, Jungleby Night is a household name at all the major festivals like Lowlands, North Sea Jazz,Pitch, Down The Rabbit Hole, you name it. From Groningen up North to Maastricht, downSouth, people have fond memories of experiencing Jungle By Night’s high energy shows.Jungle by Night’s success story had taken them around the blocks a few times. Along theway, they have seen things and experienced many adventures, making them take a closer look to their music. This made them embrace influences of minimal maestro Philip Glass, indie favourite Deerhoof and Turkish cult hero Baris Manco.Curious or shocked? Just wait until you hear the synthesizer that plays a prominent role on the new album.
There’s harmony and there’s melody, and then there’s music that pulls you right out of your comfort zone: it’s like sucking on a lemon. For reassurance, the horns of Pieter, Bo and Ko throb yet again. Drummer Sonny has not lost his groove. The percussion of Tienson and Gino always works like wildfire. But Pyke’s synths are compelling. Occasionally you feel like you’re in the Philips Research Laboratories in the fifties, and then your caught up away in nervous New York in the late seventies. Peter’s bass guitar pulls more than he pushes. And Jac still scratches, slams and picks his guitar like you’re familiar with. Jungle By Night’s new album The Traveller shows how much the nine men from Amsterdam have grown. They can still light a dance floor on fire, but this time they set into new grounds when they slow down. Keys and horns take the lead and swap it back and forth throughout this new masterpiece.
The Traveller is like an backpack, filled with of ideas, impressions and international experiences picked up along the way. And now? As men, strengthened and grown, their back on track, selling out festivals and venues everywhere the play. France beckons, Japan calls. Glastonbury Festival, the mother of all festivals, is already booked, similar as North Sea Jazz, a French tour and shows in Japan. World, get ready!