Josh Kumra Returns
Josh Kumra shares song Stubborn Love – first new music in six years
„STUBBORN LOVE ACKNOWLEDGES THE STRUGGLE OF DEDICATING YOURSELF TO SOMETHING FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONGS. IT’S NOT WHAT YOU’RE PURSUING, BUT WHY.“
LATEST SONG FROM UPCOMING EP ‘PULL ME BACK IN’
‘Stubborn Love’ is taken from Josh Kumra’s upcoming ‘Pull Me Back In‘ EP.
After topping the UK Charts in 2011 with Wretch32 and their song ‘Don’t Go‘, releasing a rushed debut album and touring Europe with One Republic and Lianne La Havas, singer-songwriter Josh Kumra now – after six years – for the first time releases the music he always wanted to make. The ‘Pull Me Back In‘ EP is a brutally honest and intimate body of work, showcasing Kumra‘s exceptional talent – maybe for the first time ever.
Having topped the UK charts, performing on Later With Jools Holland and touring extensively around Europe, you’d think Josh Kumra had achieved most things every singer songwriter dreams of. When his collaboration with Wretch 32 reached #1 in the UK, at 19 years old Josh suddenly found himself with a major record deal. Most would assume this is the definition of ‘making it’ as a musician.
For Kumra the sudden exposure brought with it pressure to capitalise on the opportunity, rather than having the time to perfect songs that reflect his life experiences and create an honest album, like he’d always imagined.
“Half way through making my first album I realised that I was trying to please too many people but felt it was too late to do anything about it”, says Kumra about his full-length debut ‘Good Things Come To Those Who Don’t Wait.’
After releasing the album and touring it all across the EU, Kumra struggled with the idea of being a musician or the pop-star the people saw in him. The original idea of writing music from his heart was lost amongst many opinions and expectations. He moved to the countryside and did not release any new music for a long time.
“I always had it in my head that once the album was released, I would take myself out of the city, build my own little studio and write & record a few songs for me. It just took me a bit longer than expected!.”
The ’Pull Me Back In’ EP is his first new music in six years, 4 songs that are exactly what they are, doing exactly as the title suggests: Pulling him back in.“My desire has been to hark back to the days of being a bedroom writer, when passion and joy were my only reasons for making music”. “There are songs I could sing and never mean, but not these” and it’s clear to hear this EP has a more personal and intimate approach than his debut.
Recording the EP was Josh’s therapeutic (yet stressful) way of facing his doubts and acknowledging his fears, vulnerability is present in the music, but that’s exactly what he wants you to hear.