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More Than Entertainment: Moses Boyd's Favourite Music
Michael Appouh , February 19th, 2020 09:44

Following the release of his Dark Matter album, London jazz scene mainstay Moses Boyd guides Michael Appouh through the music that shaped it, from N/E//R*/D to Dizzee, Jeff Buckley and hymns of praise


Jimi Hendrix – ‘May This Be Love’
In a weird way for me, same as Jeff Buckley, Count Ossie and Buju, this feels really churchy to me. It's quite an odd tune when you think about Jimi, the drumbeat is very meditative, the same way you get with Ossie and his repetitions. Lyrically it's not, man is on a lot of LSD but there’s something about it that I’ve always gone back to. I still can't really explain what it is, it's definitely linked in the same way. It’s got that sort of mysticism about it. And when you listen to that whole album, it’s like wait, what happened there? Everything else makes sense, but what's that? I love those kind of tracks. We know Jimi for this one thing and this is just like, somebody explain this? I wonder if he had to fight to get that record on the album because if I was an A&R I’d be like ‘Sick, but this doesn’t fit, maybe we should put that somewhere else.’ Whether it’s right or wrong I don’t know - but it's sick.