Renowned London jazz drummer Yussef Dayes was, until recently, best known for his contributions to the highly acclaimed "Black Focus" album from duo Yussef Kamaal. Dayes has since teamed up with producer and keyboardist Alfa Mist to bring us his debut single "Love is the Message," released last month.
Dayes' signature heavy groove and polyrhythmic fills smoothly complement Alfa Mist's synth expressions. The track slowly ebbs and flows until just past the mid point of the song, when guitarist Mansur Brown builds tension with a funk guitar solo. The rhythmic interplay, contemplative tone, musicality and presence of the musicians on this track will remind you to stay focused on its message. I personally cannot wait to hear more from Yussef Dayes and his collaborators.
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About the Curator, Caitlin Moss:
Drum set player and percussionist Caitlin Moss was born and raised in Los Angeles. She has performed at such venues as the Skirball Center and the Ford Amphitheatre and has toured nationally and internationally, including performances in Mexico and Cuba, with Grammy-winning bands La Santa Cecilia and Quetzal. She performs and records in Los Angeles as a freelance musician and as a member of several original bands. Caitlin is also teaching drum set, percussion, piano, and music production classes at a youth arts center operated by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
23 April 2019
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12 March 2019
Claude Fontaine is a Los Angeles native who discovered her love for Jamaican and Brazilian music while living in London after a breakup. “Cry for Another” layers Claude’s breathy, yearning vocals over a instantly classic performance by some of the legends of reggae…
6 February 2019
“Living at today’s non-stop pace, it’s harder than ever to stay fresh,” says the sample that opens J Rocc’s funky instrumental. This curator can relate to that, as it’s been three months since my last post, and it feels like the blink of an eye….