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Dark Matter Image
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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the British jazz artist features guest appearances from Poppy Ajudha, Joe Armon-Jones, Obongjayar, and Nonku Phiri.
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Lost Without You
Even if I knew which way the wind was blowing Even if I knew this road would lead me home Even if I knew for once where I was going I'm lost out here... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Q Magazine
    Feb 12, 2020
    80
    The result is an album designed for the feet as much as the head. [Mar 2020, p.106]
  2. Feb 12, 2020
    80
    At just under and hour the album isn’t notably long nor short, but there are no parts that drag or feel out of place. This isn’t a hip-hop album, a jazz album, an electronica album...but something that will speak to fans of those genres who’ll take this as their album.
  3. 80
    Whilst jazz and dance are at the forefront of this album’s heart, you can trace a multitude of other genres under its surface, from grime to rock and funk to pop. It’s an ambitious work full of scope, where Boyd continues to innovate and impress.
  4. Mojo
    Feb 12, 2020
    80
    Masterful vocal mash-ups with London songstress Poppy Ajudha, South African electronic upsetter Nonku Phiri and a wonderfully gravelly Obongjayar help propel this testament to Boyd's illimitable outlook far into the stratosphere. [Mar 2020, p.91]
  5. Feb 14, 2020
    80
    his 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. If he makes room for more of that in the studio, we would have a mighty record.
  6. Feb 18, 2020
    80
    Pick of the bunch is Obongjayar, whose ode to the ongoing cataclysm befalling black youths, Dancing in the Dark, gives Dark Matter its moral high ground. Best of all is 2 Far Gone, where Ezra Collective’s Joe Armon-Jones arpeggiates magnificently on keys while Boyd shakes the rafters.
  7. Feb 13, 2020
    70
    As the artist has noted himself, Boyd has finally stepped out of his label as a jazz musician to embrace himself as a producer who also plays jazz.

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