Dark Matter

Moses Boyd - Dark Matter
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2020 Ratings: #154 / 819
User Score
Based on 182 ratings
2020 Ratings: #153
Liked by 6 people
February 14, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Exodus / Label
Nu Jazz, Jazz Fusion / Genres
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The Guardian

This is a record that tries to bottle the intricate energy of jazz improvisation into an orchestrated studio production when it has always been the freedom of live performance that has marked out Boyd as an artist.

The Observer
A progenitor of the current London jazz scene, Boyd’s official solo debut goes large on cross-pollination – and dancing.
It’s an ambitious work full of scope, where Boyd continues to innovate and impress.
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.

Dark Matter cements him as one of the most exciting jazz musicians of his generation.

I’ve just begun to explore the “nu-jazz” genre, and this was a great project for me to begin with. I enjoyed the mixture of house music with jazz instrumentals. This record had a good balance of lively, upbeat tracks and slower, hypnotic ones. I’ll definitely be exploring more of his work.
Favorites: BTB, Y.O.Y.O, 2 Far Gone
I've been playing through this album quite a few times since its release, and even through multiple listens I find that the majority of this album fades into the background. It's incredibly well produced, the featured vocals are strong, and the experimental jazz is always a welcome sound from my perspective. Much of the style of this jazz resembles the sound of a modern act like The Comet Is Coming, but perhaps with tracks more readily capable of incorporating guest vocalists.

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A fantastic debut album that is a regular go to for me on a Sunday morning. I believe the term is Nu Jazz, but this seems like jazz jazz to me with a more modern production. Terminology aside, this is an excellent album that I highly recommend.

Essential Track - What Now?
Moses Boyd - Dark Matter

Genre: Nu Jazz
Country: UK

Final Verdict: 63% (Good Album)
Yearly Ranking: 382th / 1142

Highlight: 2 Far Gone

Made me think of:
Jeff Parker
Shabaka And The Ancestors
Jaga Jazzist
Ezra Collective
St Germain
The Chemical Brothers
Moses Boyd, the young jazz musician, releases his third album here, and what a great musical experience this is.

Sometimes Jazz is almost non-existent, but it is always present, despite being contradictory, but the truth is that in many of the music, jazz does not play the main role, but it never ceases to be important in the consistency of the project.

Here we have elements of hip hop, house, folk, among others, but we always have a melody, or a saxophone to remember jazz.

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Added on: February 10, 2020