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Where I'm Meant To Be

    Ezra Collective’s new era, a venture in discovered maturity and raised stakes, will be defined by the anticipated second album.

    'Where I’m Meant To Be' is a thumping celebration of life, an affirming elevation in the Ezra Collective’s winding hybrid sound and refined collective character. The songs marry cool confidence with bright energy. Full of call-and-response conversations between their ensemble parts, a natural product of years improvising together on-stage, the album - which also features Sampa The Great, Kojey Radical, Emile Sandé, Steve McQueen, and Nao - will light up sweaty dance floors and soundtrack dinner parties in equal measure.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Laura says: Infusing afrobeat, funk, dub and hip hop into their jazz foundation, Ezra Collective bring the party once again. They’ve thrown in a little Latin flavour and a whole heap of guest musicians this time around too. Where I’m Meant To Be is a shot of pure feel good energy and you can’t fail to be swept up in their positive vibrations. Sooooo good!

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Life Goes On (feat. Sampa The Great)
    2. Victory Dance
    3. No Confusion (feat. Kojey Radical)
    4. Welcome To My World
    5. Togetherness
    6. Ego Killah
    7. Smile
    8. Live Strong
    9. Siesta (feat. Emeli Sandé)
    10. Words By Steve
    11. Belonging
    12. Never The Same Again
    13. Words By TJ
    14. Love In Outer Space (feat. Nao)

    "Juan Pablo: The Philosopher" has been one of our favourite releases here at Piccadilly in recent years, so we were utterly buzzing to hear word of a new LP from the mighty Ezra Collective. Soon enough the London five-piece furnished us with a promo CD, and it's been on the Piccadilly player ever since. Continuing the genre-bending journey they began on "Juan Pablo", "You Can't Steal My Joy" sees the ensemble apply their incredible musicianship to elements of Afrobeat, hip-hop, grime and dub, wrapping their diverse influences into their fearless, fun and contemporary take on jazz. If you needed any further evidence of their top tier credentials, they recently broke off from a sold out, mosh-pit-filled UK tour to play at Quincy Jones' birthday party - nuff respect. This is the jazz sound of 2019 folks - get joyful.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Millie says: Contemporary Jazz 5-piece Ezra Collective have encapsulated joy in record form, and you can feel the happiness radiating through the tracks here, especially “Chris And Jane” and “Quest For Coin”. My record of the year by far, Afro-beat meets Jazz meets Hip Hop makes for a glorious combination to put you in an upbeat mood.

    TRACK LISTING

    DISC 1
    SIDE A
    1. Space Is The Place (Reprise)
    2. Why You Mad?
    3. Red Whine
    4. Quest For Coin

    SIDE B
    1. Reason In Disguise Feat. Jorja Smith
    2. What Am I To Do? Feat. Loyle Carner
    3. Chris And Jane

    DISC 2
    SIDE C
    1. People Saved
    2. Philosopher II

    SIDE D
    1. São Paulo
    2. King Of The Jungle
    3. You Can't Steal My Joy
    4. Shakara Feat. KOKOROKO

    Ezra Collective

    Juan Pablo: The Philosopher

      Synergy in motion, London five-piece Ezra Collective are proving themselves as a harmonious tour de force. Their sound nods respectfully to a classic jazz footprint, celebrating the originators whilst simultaneously carving a path solely their own. Ezra Collective marry the delicate technicalities of jazz musicianship with afrobeat and hip hop, tied together by a sound that’s unmistakably London. Their live show is one of dynamic union; the strength of their partnership shines in performances that are commanding yet sensitive, soulful and pertinently groove-laced. Following a joyous and stunningly cohesive show in May 2016, Boiler Room rightly labelled the group as “pioneering the new-wave of U.K. jazz”. As the genre enjoys a new lease of life that is gaining momentum across the country, Ezra Collective are adding their own fresh and imaginative face to a style that continues to be “as entertaining as it is educational” (Trench). In a year that saw them sell out legendary London venue Ronnie Scott’s not once but twice, 2017 also bought with it the release of their genre-bending second EP, Juan Pablo: The Philosopher . After Ezra Collective took the EP on a successful tour across the U.K and Europe and completely sold out of the vinyl, Juan Pablo: The Philosopher went on to win the accolade of Best Jazz Album at Gilles Peterson’s esteemed Worldwide Awards in January 2018.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Laura says: Absolutely loving this album at the moment! This London quartet take classic hard bop style and infuse it with afrobeat, funk and hip hop. The result is a fresh, dynamic sound that perfectly marries the old and the new.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Intro
      2. Juan Pablo
      3. Dylan's Dilemma
      4. The Philosopher
      5. People In Trouble
      6. James Speaks To The Galaxy
      7. Space Is The Place


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