U.K. Producer Moses Boyd Blends Jazz With Grime On “Square Up”

The London artist is equally influenced by Terry Riley and Wiley.

August 03, 2017
U.K. Producer Moses Boyd Blends Jazz With Grime On “Square Up” Moses Boyd   Eddie Otchere

Moses Boyd is one of a wave of London artists bringing a fresh, DIY approach to jazz, fusing it with the grime, jungle, and afrobeats of the city. You might have heard the producer and multi-instrumentalist's sprawling 2016 single "Rye Lane Shuffle," mixed by Four Tet. Today, as he prepares to release his new EP Absolute Zero, The FADER is premiering Boyd's latest "Square Up": a hypnotizing maze of synths, pulled into focus by a shuffling, rough-and-ready rhythm.

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"'Square Up' was influenced by a few things," Boyd told The FADER in an email. "I was really getting into the music of Terry Riley and tape loop/ambient music, whilst at the same time listening to a lot of old school grime instrumentals by people like Wiley, Dot Rotten, and Flukes. I wanted to find a middle ground between the two, which is why some of those synths sound really raw and live as opposed to clean and edited. I was improvising with a synthesizer through effects pedals, exploring lots of different textures."

Boyd's Absolute Zero EP will be released tomorrow, August 4, via the Vinyl Factory and his own label Exodus. Order a copy here.

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