Dark Matter

Moses Boyd - Dark Matter
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2020 Ratings: #151 / 604
User Score
Based on 127 ratings
2020 Ratings: #153
Liked by 4 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.

I think the ... read more
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.

I found it ... read more
Moses Boyd is new artist to me given that I am not the most up to date person on Jazz in general and therefore NU Jazz nevertheless, Dark Matter, is
a decent record but it just not as interesting as other NU jazz record which I enjoy as well and has a few duds in the track listing

Track Review

Stranger Than Fiction 7/10
Hard Food (Interlude) 6.5/10
BTB 7.5/10
Y.O.Y.O 7/10
Shades of You 7.5/10
Dancing in the Dark 7/10
Only You 5.5/10
2 Far Gone 6.5/10
Nommos Descent 5/10
What Now? ... read more
Somewhere between the concert hall and the dancefloor, Moses Boyd creates a jazz album influenced by the likes of grime, trip hop and electronica.

In my opinion, Boyd puts his best foot forward with the funky and bass-propelled "Stranger Than Fiction", a song that dominates the rest of the tracklist with its slow-burning, emphatic, mighty horns that lead the track from its humble beginnings to its powerful conclusion. It definitely sets the groundwork for an album steeped in ... read more
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Track List

  1. Stranger Than Fiction
  2. Hard Food (Interlude)
  3. BTB
  4. Y.O.Y.O
  5. Shades of You
  6. Dancing in the Dark
  7. Only You
  8. 2 Far Gone
  9. Nommos Descent
  10. What Now?
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Added on: February 10, 2020