- Words Aimee Phillips
- Photography George Day
Jungle's J Lloyd steps out on his own and takes us on a voyage to the Milky Way with the space-like mixtape 'Kosmos'.
When lockdown first began, many of us set goals to learn a new skill, read more books, improve our cooking, or get fitter. J Lloyd made a 25-track mixtape.
Created in 72 hours, ‘Kosmos’ is a 25-track exploration of possibility. Produced and recorded in early April 2020, the project acts like a river, flowing between sounds and trickling into different streams. Written and recorded in order, the project has an innately natural quality, with one track blending seamlessly into the next.
‘Kosmos’ is the musical debut from J Lloyd as a solo artist. Before this new voyage, he was part of the modern soul group, Jungle, who became known for their smash hit “Busy Earnin'”. Responsible for the production and writing of Jungle’s two albums, a lot of the group’s trademark sounds are still present in J Lloyd’s new work. Since their last release in 2018, J Lloyd has worked on tracks with Nao and Aluna, as well as being called upon to remix Lianne La Havas’ “Unstoppable”.
We spoke to the musical maverick about launching his solo career, the mixtape’s creation process, spontaneity, and more. In 3… 2… 1…
What spurred your decision to work on your own solo material outside of Jungle?
Your new mixtape ‘Kosmos’ was produced and recorded over a 72h period. That’s quite a feat! What made you decide to create in that way?
Do you find yourself to be more creative in intense bursts?
Which parts of the creation process do you find the hardest – and the easiest?
How do you feel about the mixtape now that it’s finished?
What are you hoping to achieve with your new work?
What do you want people to take away from this mixtape?
How did you become a musician in the first place? What led you to pursue that career?
Which artists or records were instrumental in shaping your sound, both at the start of your career and now?
Which song would you put on to impress people at a party?