Moses Boyd is a drummer, producer and composer who I'm extremely excited to have come across. He's worked, and collaborated, with artists such as Little Simz, Four Tet, Floating Points, Sampha, Zara McFarlane and Gilles Peterson. And it's clear why.
This style of jazz, at least that which seems to have its origins in South London, has afrobeat, reggae and soul among its major influences – as well as grime and electonica. "Rye Lane Shuffle," mixed by mentors Four Tet and Floating Points, is off his XODUS001 project released in August last year. The Exodus is the name for the outfit on the project, often stylized as Moses Boyd Exodus.
It opens with an ominous, but intriguing pentatonic bass loop, using a smoothed-out-in-the-mix tuba for bass, which is soon accompanied with a flurry of of groove. This enters into an incredibly layered chorus of horns which would melt the dance-floor beneath your bustling feet. This gives way to a solo section where the saxophonist and guitarist feature, before returning to the sultry horn chorus.
If you enjoyed the track check out the Tony Allen & Moses Boyd Masterclass hosted by Boiler Room and Guardian Gateways. And if you're in Cape Town this week, you can catch Moses Boyd performing solo in the basement of a prop house with a supporting line-up including Angel-Ho, Card On Spokes and DJ Lag. Check the event page for more info and keep an eye out for more from Moses Boyd.