The London music scene never ceases to impress, and there are moments when you can't help but feel truly proud to be in this city. With the release of Moses Boyd's 'Rye Lane Shuffle' and forthcoming album, this is one of those moments.
Described as London's answer to Art Blakey, Moses Boyd combines his mastery of the drums with experimental composition and skilled modern production to provide the complete package, and he doesn't disappoint on any count. The swelling brass arrangements and accomplished solos are carried along smoothly by that rolling drum track provided by the man himself. All this is brought together expertly by Floating Points and Four Tet on the desk, demonstrating the kind of mixdown mastery that you come to expect from this pair. The only thing left wanting is another ten minutes of effortless soloing, but I'm prepared to wait for the live performance to have that wish fulfilled.
Having already secured a MOBO in 2015 for best Jazz act, Moses Boyd has made his grand entrance to the scene. And with plaudits ranging from Gilles Peterson to Lonnie Liston Smith you know this man is gonna go far.
From increasingly popular Mississippi Records comes another fine compilation from the heart of Africa. Although actually out in 2013, the Rook Records team has embarrassingly just stumbled across this one. Featuring the likes of Mulatu Astatqe and Getatchew Kassa, this LP never ceases to surprise. Take some rusty saxophones and lo-fi rhythm sections, add in some hard funk breaks and the occasional tribal drum and you've found out what Assiyo Bellema is all about.
There seems to be a resurgence of this particular brand of African music these days, and long may it continue. With the likes of Madlib and Oh No ripping these breaks in recent years, we've seen people from across the musical spectrum checking out these artists. Who'd have thought in the 2010's would be the era for old African funk breaks. And thanks to the likes of Mississippi Records, these rare gems are being reissued on wax all the time.
Watch this space for more releases along these lines. In the meanwhile, this album will be back in stock next week so make sure to grab a copy.