• Record Label: Exodus
  • Release Date: Feb 14, 2020
Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
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  1. Dec 7, 2020
    90
    It’s a bold, contemporary sounding record that is also aware of its broader lineage, something encapsulated by opening track Stranger Than Fiction.
  2. Mar 13, 2020
    80
    Dark Matter cements him as one of the most exciting jazz musicians of his generation.
  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. 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.
  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. 80
    This album is not a timeless classic, it is a du jour album that showcases a drummer and producer’s talent at capturing the sound of the times. It should be enjoyed as such: a testament to young musicians blending tradition and modernity in exciting new ways.
  7. The Wire
    Feb 12, 2020
    80
    More passionate and sophisticated than much of what passes for musical eclecticism these days, Dark Matter is a fusion of old and new, acoustic and electronic. [Feb 2020, p.42]
  8. 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]
  9. Q Magazine
    Feb 12, 2020
    80
    The result is an album designed for the feet as much as the head. [Mar 2020, p.106]
  10. 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.
  11. Feb 12, 2020
    80
    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. [Mar 2020, p.28]
  12. 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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User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Mar 30, 2020
    8
    ( 84/100 )

    Será complicado hablar brevemente de este grandioso álbum. Moses Boyd, de England, un multi-instrumentalista que se enfoca en el
    ( 84/100 )

    Será complicado hablar brevemente de este grandioso álbum. Moses Boyd, de England, un multi-instrumentalista que se enfoca en el Jazz no le falla al género, por lo tanto, lo mínimo que se puede esperar de un álbum de Jazz se puede encontrar en "Dark Matter": energía instrumental fluida, un concepto de espacio y extensión, un discurso por instrumento, una conversación por canción, una percusión líder, una fusión de géneros, como si fuera poco, la muy agradecida intromisión de voces muy bien seleccionadas que darán voz a la narrativa musical que el genial Moses Boyd planeó para este espectáculo; y la presencia de Joe Armon-Jones es simplemente exquisita. Quiero reafirmar que éste es uno de los mejores álbumes de Jazz qué he escuchado, después de mi favorito "Heaven And Earth" (2018) de Kamasi Washington, y que vale toda la pena descubrirlo.
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    It will be difficult to be brief about this great album. Moses Boyd, of England, a multi-instrumentalist that focuses in Jazz won't fail the genera, therefore, the least expected in a Jazz album can be found in "Dark Matter": fluid instrumental energy, space and extension concept, a speech for each instrument, a conversation for each track, a leader percussion, a fusion of genres, on top of that, a the very welcome selection of voices that will give a voice to the musical narrative that the awesome Moses Boyd planed for this show; and the presence of Joe Armon-Jones is exquisite. I want to stipulate that this is one of the best Jazz albums that I have heard, after my favorite "Heaven And Earth" (2018) of Kamasi Washington, and it's all worth to be discovered.
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