In conjunction with Record Store Day on August 29, Ezra Collective have released a limited-edition double A-side with two new instrumentals: “Dark Side Riddim” and “Samuel L.Riddim.”
Only 1,000 pressings of Ezra Collective’s new songs were made on 12-inch color-splattered vinyl. The brass-heavy “Dark Side Riddim” jumps aboard a syncopated beat whilst keys fluctuate between jaunty jabs and bright upward runs. On the other hand, “Samuel L.Riddim”—a play on actor Samuel L Jackson’s name—inverts its counterpart’s composition by focusing on the keys and percussion. The latter song was originally titled “Mace Windu Riddim” after Jackson’s Star Wars character.
“Releasing music is always a special feeling,” Ezra Collective band member Femi Koleoso shared in a statement. “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. Records mean a lot to us. Record Store Day means a lot to us. This contribution means the world.”
Record Store Day is an annual celebration of music and independent record stores around the world. Originally supposed to be held in April, the 2020 edition of the music event was postponed and split into three release days across August, September and October in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Listen to “Dark Side Riddim” and “Samuel L.Riddim” below: