Drummer Yussef Dayes is one of the most exciting musicians to have emerged from London’s vibrant new jazz scene. Dayes masterminded last year’s Yussef Kamaal album, Black Focus. Having previously shown his extensive range, writing and performing with his brothers in United Vibrations “a psychedelic take on jazz with added elements of hip-hop, chants, electronic dance music and world rhythms”, he then built on this with Black Focus which fuses the dreamier end of 70s jazz-funk with a London club sensibility, tapping into jungle, trip hop and house.
Having broken boundaries with their debut album, Dayes is braced for a new, more profound challenge. The 24-year-old is poised for a journey that reaches even deeper into the soul. Where Black Focus explored the relationship between drum and dancefloor, his next experiment moves beyond the jazz influences and into a completely new transcendental realm.