REVIEW: Rumjig ‘Ego Bow Down’ EP

Rumjig are a breath of fresh air, their music overflowing with positive vibes and good conscience lyrics, something they have thankfully brought to their debut release on Itchy Pig Records in the shape of the ‘Ego Bow Down’ EP.

The original gets off to a slow start, with a bass line that sidles up to you and entices you into a groove before you’ve got time to argue, luscious guitars that drape themselves gloriously around the track and a gorgeous piano tip-toing alongside. This is soon joined by the irresistibly beautiful vocal, declaring “I’ve got plenty of nothing, nothing is plenty for me”, complimented delightfully by the equally stunning backing vocals and sumptuous horns. The drums flow fluidly, maintaining that beat, but dripping with a personality often bereft of some. The track then drops itself into a more frenetic pace where the musicians really cut loose, something you’ll find hard not to do yourself, before returning to that relaxed pace of the start, shifting between styles with a grace and ease that even seasoned pros would find difficult to emulate, conveying just how good this band is.

For his remix, William Breakspear starts with the vocal, before making the most of the up-tempo swing feel, steadily building the track into a bass soaked monster by wrapping the original up in many a twist and turn of gurgling, squelchy, bass-heavy delights punctuated by delicious horn stabs. The remix ebbs and flows, but never lets up on the vibrant energy instilled into it by Mr Breakspear.

Cajita drops the pitch of the vocal, taking it deeper in a way that works perfectly with his remix. The synths carry the track off in a different direction that’s oozing with drama, with the guitars being used expertly to compliment this. The staccato use of the cut and paste vocal sample brings a wonderful groove to proceedings, before the tune explodes back into life in glorious fashion.

With the sound of pouring rain marking the start of his remix, you get the feeling Reality Goggles is going to do something completely different. He doesn’t disappoint. Stripping away all instrumentation and taking samples of the main and backing vocals, he crafts a spell-bindingly haunting melody that will sit long in your head after it’s finished. The addition of the mournful horns only adds to this, before it ends with layers of reverbed drums and a particularly haunting use of the vocal echoing through it all to finish.