Drummer Moses Boyd has all the time been a troublesome musician to pin down. Half of the fiercely propulsive free jazz duo Binker and Moses, he was heralded as a poster boy of the London jazz revival once they gained a Mobo for greatest jazz act in 2015. However his first solo providing, 2016’s Rye Lane Shuffle, was a dancefloor-focused 12-inch that was nearer to the jazz-inflected home of Theo Parrish than any common improvised setup.
Boyd adopted this with two extra Binker and Moses releases and a manufacturing credit score on singer Zara McFarlane’s reggae-jazz 2017 album Arise, in addition to a collaborative launch in 2018, Displaced Diaspora. Darkish Matter, his debut solo LP, is simply as variable and no much less confounding.
Opener Stranger Than Fiction begins with a twinkling roll name of keys and cymbal washes earlier than descending right into a bouncy, tuba-driven rhythm paying homage to a quick early 2000s grime instrumental. A hovering trumpet solo then takes over, disregarding the leaden weight of the groove, as if sound-clashing two tracks without delay. That conflict is a staple of the report, as with Poppy Ajudha’s crystalline vocals on the damaged beat Shades of You sequenced subsequent to Obongjayar’s earthen growl on dubby following quantity Dancing within the Darkish.
Boyd is a talented producer, artfully splicing heat acoustic tones with tempestuous digital samples. At occasions he can over-produce, cloaking his tasteful melodies with layers of hand claps, keys and undulating bass, as on Nommos Descent. It is a report that tries to bottle the intricate vitality of jazz improvisation into an orchestrated studio manufacturing when it has all the time been the liberty of reside efficiency that has marked out Boyd as an artist. If he makes room for extra of that within the studio, we might have a mighty report.