Mercury

The real reason jazz drummer Moses Boyd should win the Mercury Prize this week

Recently, Moses Boyd was standing in a friend’s garden holding his godson in his arms when he received a phone call. He discovered that his debut solo album, Dark Matter, had been shortlisted for the 2020 Hyundai Mercury Prize. He’d forgotten he’d even applied. “So much has happened since the album came out. It was surreal,” he tells me, a fortnight later, smiling with humble pride. “I’ve watched the Mercurys for years, from Ms Dynamite to Dizzee to Sampha. They’re important.”

The Dark Matter European tour ended with a show at Electric Brixton, in South London, on 12

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