London-based reggae-fusion outfit They Say Jump are readying the release of their new EP, ‘Lift Your Mood’, set to drop on 12th August. Collapsing the brass-laden tones of Latin and jazz with the jauntiness of reggae and ska, They Say Jump’s sound is designed to make you dance, sweat and, as their name suggests, jump.
Characterised by a sensual and melodic blend of latin brass sections, reggae tones and drum ‘n’ bass rhythms, They Say Jump’s newest release is a tonic of genres and inspirations. Pulling various influences from the chilled reggae textures of Bob Marley, to the dicey rhythms of ska bands like The Specials and The Police, They Say Jump are readymade for both the dance floor and the relaxed surroundings of the living room.
The band have gained a favourable reputation for their energetic and lively gig performances, and they have translated this wild energy into their new EP. Lead single ‘Can’t Chase Me’ is a swarm of off-beat reggae guitars, latin horns and pounding drums. Setting the tone for the rest of the EP, ‘Can’t Chase Me’ reflects the vast array of influences that the band incorporates into their music. Switching things up from fast-paced dance anthems like ‘Can’t Chase Me’ to the slower, more melodic tracks like ‘Reggae Music’ and ‘Twilight’, the fusion troop are both expressive and versatile in their musical style and abilities.
Forming in 2010 and originally fronted by alternative soul singer Kwabs, They Say Jump are now made up of Adrian Benn on vocals, Rhys Owen on saxophone, Ben Pearce on guitar, Sam Edgington on bass guitar, Luke Allwood on keys, Jackson Mathod on trumpet, and Mike Clowes on drums. Bringing together a passion for music of all cultures, they have garnered a strong London following from their passionate and energetic live shows, including spots at Secret Garden Party, the Brixton Hootenanny, and Wilderness Festival. Following their initial live success, They Say Jump released their debut album, ‘One Hundred Summers’, in September 2013, and were subsequently touted as “ones to watch” by Harper’s Bazaar Magazine.
Co-produced by the band’s own Rhys Owen and dancehall producer Ed West – a man who has worked with the likes of Dan Boyle, Kibir La Amlak and Adam ‘Hylu’ Ainly in the past – ‘Lift Your Mood’ aims to tackle a number of subjects, including politics and relationships, the band have noted that this project is “a bit of a wild card compared to our earlier material. It’s bolder, more eclectic and stylistically experimental”.
A comprehensive and inspired piece of work that showcases the accessible and eclectic blend of genres from some of the most vibrant cultures on the planet, ‘Lift Your Mood’ may well be They Say Jump’s most accomplished release to date. Threaded together by a string of reggae, latin, and EDM influences, They Say Jump’s newest release looks set to kickstart the their charge for the top.