Ezra Collective share two new instrumental jazz tracks in support of Record Store Day

‘Samuel L Riddim’ and ‘Dark Side Riddim’ appear on the double A-side

Ezra Collective have shared two new instrumental jazz tracks in support of Record Store Day, happening tomorrow (August 29).

The outfit have released a double A-side vinyl named ‘Dark Side Riddim’, which features the titular song plus another, titled ‘Samuel L Riddim’. The up-tempo, slightly chaotic tracks are a different change of pace to their mellow single ‘Footprints’, which dropped earlier this year.

Listen to the new songs below:

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Announcing the release of ‘Dark Side Riddim’ in a press statement, bandleader and drummer Femi Koleoso said that “releasing new music is always a special feeling.”

He described the new songs as “a documentation of where we are at. Like a photo of a snapshot”.

“That feeling is made so much more special when there’s a vinyl that can accompany that snapshot,” he explained. “Records mean a lot to us. Record store day means a lot to us. This contribution means the world.”

The five-piece released their debut album ‘You Can’t Steal My Joy’ in 2019, which NME awarded four stars in a review.

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“A largely instrumental release, Ezra Collective’s debut is a celebration without being overtly reverential towards older conventions. Instead, it draws on music from around London – and by extension, the whole world,” NME said.

The record saw them team up with various UK lyricists, including Loyle Carner for ‘What Am I To Do?’, Jorja Smith on ‘Reason in Disguise’ and KOKOROKO for ‘Shakara’.

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