Premiere: Moses Boyd – Drum Dance

We warned you about Moses Boyd in our Ones to Watch list earlier this year, and now our initial excitement is fully justified with this latest release. Intended as an auditory reflection of his life and rich cultural experiences, Moses Boyd channels vibrant, visceral energy into Rye Lane Shuffle, the eagerly anticipated 12” from the South London drummer and composer.

The result is a colourful marriage of styles and sounds that pay homage to the cultural diversity of his hometown, showcasing the health of expression south of the river. The title track’s brassy lattice is carried by choppy snare work while a confident, fluttering melody dances up and down the spine and out to every extremity. ‘Drum Dance’ is equally dizzying, albeit softer. The off-kilter clatter of sticks accompany the rumble of loose skins and the dull shine of dusty cymbals. It references the bustling streets that inspired it and is also a nod to the music of a certain Floating Points who helped mix the tracks alongside Four Tet.

Premiered by Gilles Peterson, ‘Rye Lane Shuffle’ already has solid endorsement from jazz and alternative dance selectors and enthusiasts alike, so cop it while you can!

Rye Lane Shuffle is released via Exodus, on 29th April – pre-order from Juno, Phonica and Red Eye.

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