Our Mercury picks: Jungle, Royal Blood and Kate Tempest

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Our Mercury picks: Jungle, Royal Blood and Kate Tempest
29th October 2014

First up are Jungle, a London band who initially emerged with a lot of mystery. They originally concealed their identities and released well produced tracks and videos online with little context. Later it was revealed that this eclectic, soulful duo were in fact two friends who met at an exclusive west London private school.
The album offers a great blend of electro-funk, soul and modern pop, with far-reaching influences from Motown R&B, 70s funk, disco pop and hip hop, although they have attracted criticism for being derivative of their influences.
Royal Blood have already secured a number one album and big backing from the Arctic Monkeys. They provide fresh, new wave scuzzy garage rock - something the UK music scene has been desperately short of the past five or so years. Gareth has tipped them to win.
If you believe the story, 27-year-old Kate Tempest from south east London began her music career rapping on the top of the night bus home to Brockley.  She later attended the famous Brit School and became youngest ever winner of the Ted Hughes prize for innovation in poetry just 18 months ago. She reportedly has plans to expand this Mercury nominated debut album into a novel next year.

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