March 10th | Rough Trade
Moses Boyd has risen to the forefront of the UK jazz scene, gaining seemingly instant recognition from the moment he graduated from Trinity Laban with a degree in Jazz Drums. He has since received a whole host of awards (John Peel Play More Jazz Award, Jazz Newcomer of the Year 2016, and a MOBO award for Best Jazz Act 2015 to name a few).
The Peckham native chooses to release his solo material through his own independent label, Exodus Records. His solo debut, Displaced Diaspora was released on the label which helped catapult Boyd into the limelight thanks to the blinding success of ‘Rye Lane Shuffle’. The album received support from experimental heavyweight, Four Tet and Floating Points, who collaborated on the break-out track.
His latest release is his second album, Dark Matter, which dropped on Valentine’s Day this year, alongside an exclusive Japanese release featuring two tracks unavailable online. The album featured the likes of Poppy Ajudha, Obongjayar, Joe Armon-Jones and Nonku Phiri. The album further cements Moses Boyd’s elegant control over his unique blend of electronica and jazz.
‘Shades of You’ has been the stand-out track of the album, thanks to the expected outstanding production from Boyd and angelic vocals of Poppy Ajudha. The prominent yet light drumbeat gives space for Ajudha’s voice to speak for itself. Boyd is playing two shows to Bristol this month, taking the stage at Exchange and Rough Trade on the 9th and 10th respectively.
See the video for ‘Shades of You’ (feat. Poppy Ajudha) here:
Featured Image: Dan Medhurst