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Moses Boyd Shortlisted for Mercury Prize Album of the Year, and also shared a new video to the song “Stranger Than Fiction”.

Moses Boyd Shortlisted for Mercury Prize Album of the Year for his debut album “Dark Matter’”. He also shared a new video to the song “Stranger Than Fiction”, the first single from that album. Moses is a drummer, composer, producer and bandleader, one of the central figures in the London jazz scene.
He is mostly known as half of Binker & Moses, project made with saxophonist Binker Golding, their three albums won one MOBO Award, two Jazz FM Awards and a Parliamentary Jazz Award. His self-titled jazz band Moses Boyd Exodus (also known as the Exodus), released several mixtapes in the mid-2010s and together have recorded most of Boyd's solo releases.

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“Dark Matter” was released in February through his own label Exodus Records, mixing several musical traditions into a bold new tapestry: the raw energy of grime and afrobeat and the rolling club rhythms of the London underground combined with the freewheeling creativity and collaborative spirit of his jazz training. The album features Theon Cross (tube), Nathaniel Cross (trombone), Nubya Garcia (sax), Ife Ogunjobi (trumpet), Artie Zaitz (guitar), Joe Armon-Jones (keys), Obongjayar, and Poppy Ajudha.

“It’s taken me a couple of years to learn this as a science, but I feel like I’ve been preparing for this. I realised it’s not enough to just write music and play it, I wanted to know how you capture it as well”, Moses said about his album.

Watch below a new video to Moses Boyd song “Stranger Than Fiction”, the first single from his Mercury Prize shortlisted last album “Dark Matter”:

“Stranger Than Fiction was created to highlight how the world we’re living in can appear so surreal and make you question what is real. As we are seeing with current affairs, I feel it’s a question we all need to constantly fight for and contend with – because sometimes the Truth is Stranger than fiction” says Moses.


Moses Boyd album “Dark Matter” came out in February 2020, via his own Exodus Records



The Mercury prize, since 1992 aims to recognize “artistic achievement across a range of contemporary music genres”. Full shortlist of nominees below:

Moses Boyd – Dark Matter

Michael Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka

Stormzy – Heavy Is The Head

Kano – Hoodies All Summer

Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia

Charli XCX – How I'm Feeling Now

Laura Marling – Song For Our Daughter

Sports Team – Deep Down Happy

Anna Meredith – FIBS

Georgia – Seeking Thrills

Lanterns On The Lake – Spook The Herd

Porridge Radio – Every Bad


Full list of jazz acts nominated to this prestigious award:

1992 - Bheki Mseleku

1993 - Stan Tracey

1995 - Guy Barker

1996 - Courtney Pine

1998 - John Surman, Denys Baptiste

2002 – Guy Barker

2003 - Soweto Kinch

2005 – Polar Bear

2006 - Zoe Rahman

2008 - Portico Quartet

2009 - Led Bib

2010 - Kit Downes

2011 - Gwilym Simcock

2012 - Roller Trio

2014 – Polar Bear

2017 - Dinosaur

2018 - Sons of Kemet

2019 - SEED Ensemble



Listen below to Moses Boyd album “Dark Matter”, which features song “Stranger Than Fiction”:

Other wicked songs and projects worth checking this week:

Moses Boyd - Stranger Than Fiction

Michael Kiwanuka - Light

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids - Tango of Love

Alan Braufman - Home

Christian McBride Big Band - Pie Blues

Gregory Porter - Concorde

Matthias Bublath - Jaks Joint

Takuya Kuroda - Change

RoRo, Hache - Mine

Miles Francis & Jas Walton - Tuesday

Greg Spero, MonoNeon, Robert 'Sput' Searight, Ruslan Sirota - Overemotional (Tiny Room Sessions)

The Chicago Experiment - Maxwell Street

Toni Sauna, Wildcookie - You Forgot

Photay - Quest of the Pseudacris

Maverick Sabre - Signs

Richard Houghten - Sticks and Stones

Cheap Monk, Mike Casey - I Don't Have Time (No Tengo Tiempo)

Mausiki Scales - Kaleidoscopic Universe

Femi Temowo, Theo Croker, Soweto Kinch - Breathe

Pete Josef, Marie Lister- Giants

Lucky Chops - Memories

Ziggy Marley, Ben Harper - Play with Sky

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