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Dark Matter

Moses Boyd

Dark Matter

Debut album from the British jazz artist featuring guest appearances from Poppy Ajudha, Joe Armon-Jones, Obongjayar and Nonku Phiri

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  1. 8.0 |   Clash

    He makes us feel like he’s our artist, someone speaking directly to us and our troubles. This is what makes ‘Dark Matter’ so infectious
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  2. 8.0 |   Uncut

    This is not pastiche or revival - this is jazz created in a distinctly London accent; the sounds you hear in cars and minicabs, the fractured beats you hear pouring out of teenagers' phones - refracted through the prism of jazz. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   Q

    An album designed for the feet as much as the head. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Masterful vocal mash-ups with London songstress Poppy Ajudha, South African electronic upsetter Nonku Phiri and a wonderfully gravelly Obongjayar help propel this testament to Boyd's illimitable outlook far into the stratosphere. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Boyd spins the stylistic wheel in a manner that sees him deftly incorporate everything from grime to afrobeat
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  6. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    He’s known as a jazz stalwart but this album brings Boyd’s nuanced production skills to the fore in artfully spliced, stylish tracks
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  7. 8.0 |   Crack

    Everything feels acutely considered, from the makeup of instruments, to who’s playing them, to how the sounds are treated once recorded. Here, it all matters
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  8. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    This album is not a timeless classic, it is a du jour album that showcases a drummer and producer’s talent at capturing the sound of the times. It should be enjoyed as such: a testament to young musicians blending tradition and modernity in exciting new ways
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  9. 8.0 |   The Observer

    This is the London hybrid jazz of now – a party-facing electronic record that takes note of Afrobeats, two-step garage and Boyd’s travels in South Africa
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  10. 8.0 |   NME

    Moses Boyd’s ‘Dark Matter’ – his solo debut as a producer and band leader proper – draws on such a melting-pot of genres
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  11. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Boyd has finally stepped out of his label as a jazz musician to embrace himself as a producer who also plays jazz
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