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It’s official: Chase & Status’s fifth album RTRN II Jungle will be released January 2019. The first single from it will land later this month on August 29.
The duo, who are celebrating 15 years of releases this year, have been slowly building up to the release since spring this year. First with Saul Milton’s second Super Sharp Reloaded fashion installation in London College Of Fashion, then their series of RTRN II Jungle live streams from their own flyer plastered bunker and an intimate London rave in Foundation. Now this insightful 12 minute documentary of their time in Jamaica earlier this year, where the roots of their most anticipated album since More Than Alot were created.
“In May we spent a week in Kingston Jamaica, predominantly at Big Yard studio. We went there with Seani B to record tracks from our new album RTRN II JUNGLE,” they state. “What we wanted to do was to create authentic, new, Jungle – and go to the source; where the culture and all the inspiration came from. We were fortunate to be able to get in the studio with so many legends and stars of the future. We made a load of Dancehall records inspired by the 90’s era with the intention of sampling them and making our own Jungle. We made our own samples rather than taking from someone else’s work. Now, we have a load of great Dancehall records and a bag of brand new Jungle too, and we’re excited to get them out there. In our documentary you get to see us in the studio making these tracks, exploring Kingston, and will hopefully gain an insight into to the passion and the reasons behind the project.”
In effect Chase & Status are making two albums right now… A dancehall body of source material and the raw, all-out jungle album we’ve basically been waiting for since Duppy Man. Watch the documentary here to see how they’re making their album with their own sample sources from the spiritual home of all things soundsystem. Then start counting down the days. The RTRN II Jungle soon come…