You Can't Steal My Joy

by Ezra Collective

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Ezra Collective
‘You Can’t Steal My Joy’ (Enter The Jungle)


You Can’t Steal My Joy is an exuberant, defiant debut album that’s destined to cement Ezra Collective’s status as one of the UK’s most exciting groups.

The record features friends and fans, Loyle Carner, KOKOROKO and Jorja Smith, and is preceded by lead single and full-blown banger, Quest For Coin.

Ezra Collective are five young Londoners; bandleader Femi Koleoso (drums), his brother TJ Koleoso (bass), Joe Armon-Jones (keys), Dylan Jones (trumpet), and James Mollison (saxophone). The band’s incredible musicianship and spirited, inclusive approach to music - which draws on afrobeat, Latin, hip-hop, grime and more - has seen them break out beyond the thriving UK jazz scene.

Ezra Collective’s 2017 EP, Juan Pablo: The Philosopher, won ‘Best Jazz Album’ at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards and the band picked up ‘Best UK Jazz Act’ and ‘Live Experience Of The Year’ at the 2018 Jazz FM Awards. They played Quincy Jones’ birthday party and recently completed a mosh-pit-filled and completely sold out UK tour before headlining Winter JazzFest in New York. Ezra Collective’s forthcoming gigs include All Point East, Lamar Tree and Green Man festivals and full headline tour of the UK culminating at The Roundhouse in London for November 2019.

"Growing up as young people in London has challenges but, rather than focus on all the negativity surrounding us, we’ve decided to focus on the positives”, explains Femi. “You can steal a lot of things from us - our ability to travel freely, our access to education, our right to a level playing field, even our ability to live life at its full potential - but as long as we don’t forget our core truth, You Can’t Steal Our Joy.”

Ezra Collective bring the fire on a stunning debut album // Crack
Thrilling and vital /// Q
A real coming of age /// MOJO
An urgent, free-wheeling bundle of fun /// NME
Ezra Collective have marked themselves out from the crowd with their genre-bridging prowess /// The Guardian
the sound of London in 2019 distilled and put down on record /// Clash At the heart of a bubbling scene without a point of entry for many, Ezra Collective stand with their arms wide open /// Loud & Quiet
British rave-jazz moves onwards and upwards /// The Observer
Potent, rebellious, and uplifting /// Dork
There is a lean exuberance to this band that demands a dancing response /// Rolling Stone
One of the liveliest groups to emerge from London’s jazz renaissance /// New York Times

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released April 26, 2019

Ezra Collective is
Femi Koleoso - drums
TJ Koleoso - bass
James Mollison - tenor saxophone
Joe Armon-Jones - keys
Dylan Jones - trumpet

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Ezra Collective London, UK

“pioneering the new-wave of UK jazz music” (Boilerroom)

London 5-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 also carving a path solely their own. They marry the delicate technicalities of jazz with afrobeat & hip hop, tied together by a sound that’s unmistakably London. ... more

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Track Name: Reason in Disguise feat. Jorja Smith
Hold hands with your brother
Find strength in your mother
Closed eyes to be weary
Dark skies thinking bout
You
You
Youuuuu
They think of youuuuuu
They miss you they want some kind of answer

There's always a reason in disguise
Wish it was all just some kind of lie
There's always a reason in disguise
And I never know why you would do through it all

Something kind of odd has happened here
Saw you once but now you've disappeared
Why'd you go
Why'd you say that
You wouldn't cry for you me
I got enough tears for two
Twoooo
Tears for youuuuu
They miss you they want some kind of answer

There's always a reason in disguise
Wish it was all just some kind of lie
There's always a reason in disguise
And I never know why you would do through it all

Well let me tell you now

There's always a reason in disguise
Wish it was all just some kind of lie
There's always a reason in disguise
And I never know why you would do through it all
Track Name: What Am I to Do? feat. Loyle Carner
One-one-one
Two -Two -Two-Two
Two -Two

You can find me where the city meets the skyline
Knocking back the whiskey like it's white wine
Says she's finished work, and so I bide time
Until I take her guard off and put it down beside mine.

It's fine, we watch the world go by.
Saw the whole world thorugh my girl's own eyes
And they were pale like the photosize
Coz everybody talks the truth no she knows those guys, but who?
Really, nothing of concern
see the city's on fire
watch the bridges as they burn
I disappear now I'm wishing she'd return
at the same time wishing I could learn
all this paper that I earned
the first bird gets the worm
the second mouse gets the cheese
trust
and I been sat down doing this with ease
too much ps someone take it for me please.

Can't get up
Spine won't let up
Lump in my neck ain't got time for a check up
I'm fed up
But what am I to do?
I'm worried bout you
My Mind won't let up
Spine won't let up
lump in my neck ain't got time for a check up
I'm fed up, yo
but what am I to do?
If I'm worried bout you?


I didn't write a second verse
So, I'll kick a free
I'm all about being me
LC ripping mics in the place to be
Ezra Collective we do this so frequently
It's me on the flipping mic
Yeah I said it right
I say it twice if I do this like every night
Shouts to Jorja
Met on the stage grab a water
now I talk to mrs bout her daughter
yeah I oughta switch up the flow a bit
let me see if I can come a bit more legit
In a boat no joke
I don't smoke
give a toke I don't do that
coming with some new raps
so who's that?
LC on the bigger mic
I might have said that twice
But anyways let me getaway and come back
kickin real raps
yeah have that

let up
won't get up
lump in my neck ain't got time for a check up
I'm fed up ah
but what am I to do?
I'm worried bout you
Im saying that my mind won't let up
spine won't let up
lump in my neck aint got time for a check up
I'm fed up but what am I to do?
If I'm worried bout you?

Yo I wrote another 15 or 16
I never worry - keep my - clean
I seen drugs ruin lives of the pristine
from the brown all the way down to the stiff green
the streets are mean but my mother ain't
and every late night yeah my mum would wait
and when I staggered home, drunk in a dumberstate
say it straight she'd fix me a plate stuff it in my face
I'd never run around the bits with the bangers really
but still the bangers in the bits either fan or fear me
coz if I talk about my feelings and them man are near me
chuck in some raps then a dapps
they can see it clearly
coz its insside of them
I grab the paper and I ride the pen
livin this life I ain't tryna end
So I can kick it for a foe never mind a friend
Waiting for feelings like can rhyme again

Ah can't get up
Mind won't let up
lump in my neck
ain't got time for a check up
I'm fed up
But what am I to do?
I'm worried bout you
Yo I'm saying that my mind won't let up
spine won't get up
lump in my neck ain't got time for a check up
I'm fed up
But what Am I to do?
Im worried bout you
I
Can't get up
Won't Let up
In my neck ain't got time for a check up
And yeah I'm fed up yo
but what am I to do?
If I been worried bout you?
I been sayin that my mind won't let up
Spine won't get up
Lump in my neck
Ain't got time for a check up
I'm fed up
But what am I to do?
If I been worried bout you?
you
you
you
If I been worried bout you
I sing it now
One one one
Two Two Two

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