My Forever Studio: Jungle’s foley and fake horn revelation

With their fourth album, Volcano, out now, J Lloyd talks us through Jungle’s essential techniques and tools, and picks the six items he’d make music with forever.

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Jungle are back. The beloved UK production duo, comprising J Lloyd and Tom McFarland, return for their fourth studio album, Volcano, replete with soulful vocal ensembles and erupting with slick basslines, intricate rhythms and flowing rhymes from featured artists.

J Lloyd joins MusicTech for a bonus episode of the My Forever Studio podcast, sharing stories of the early beginnings of recording foley sounds on his family PC, through to his first treasured synthesizer. Along the way, hear a revelation about the horn sound on the pair’s legendary 2012 single, Busy Earnin’, which plug-in was his secret weapon in the band’s early days, and which beloved producer he’d reproduce as an animatronic simulacrum.

After a decade in the game, Jungle have seared their sound into the ears of listeners across the globe, with hits such as Busy Earnin’, Casio, Heavy California and Keep Moving racking up hundreds of millions of streams, receiving critical acclaim, and featured in countless soundtracks and commercials.

With their sophomore album, For Ever, the duo began collaborating with fellow producers such as Diplo and Inflo, and featuring vocalists to expand and innovate their distinguished sonic signature. With Volcano, J and Tom enlisted revered artists such as Roots Manuva, Erick the Architect, Channel Tres and Bas to leave their imprint on the album.

Alongside his revered work for Jungle, J Lloyd has also produced for artists such as Little Simz, NAO and Aluna.

The My Forever Studio podcast sees artists, producers and engineers create their dream fantasy Forever Studio, wherever they want in the universe. However, there are strict rules in the Forever Studio. Our guests are permitted a limited number of items in their creative space, so they must choose carefully. There will be nostalgia. There will be anecdotes. There may be gags. But there will be no bundles!

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