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24 June 2023

Watch The Video For Yussef Dayes’ New Single ‘Rust’

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Multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer Yussef Dayes today returns with a visual accompaniment to his most recent single Rust, featuring long standing collaborator and friend Tom Misch.

Rust is the second single to be shared from the artist’s debut solo album Black Classical Music (set for release on 8 September via Warner Music/Brownswood Recordings0 and follows the release of the title track, a collaboration with Charlie Stacey and Venna, and its video, the perfect entry point into the project.

Directed by Jack Brown, the Rust music video begins enveloped in digital sunshine, viewers traverse the beautifully animated natural biomes and psychedelic wonderlands through the track’s runtime. You can check the video out below.

The London based director, designer and animator specialises in hand-drawn 2D animation. His visually captivating aesthetic creates weird and wonderful worlds blurring the surreal with reality, yet always keeping the viewer glued to their screens. Jack has crafted music videos and visual content for notable artists such as The Weeknd, Ariana Grande, Tom Misch and Nines. Whether it’s futuristic factories or dreamy surreal surf-scapes, his work has a strong sense of design, elements of pastiche and humour which showcases his versatile talent.

Jack Brown says, “It felt really special to work with Yussef and Tom again to make the third instalment of our animation saga and extra special to do it for Yussef’s incredible debut album.

“I wanted to expand the world of Nightrider and Tidal Wave by bringing it into a 3D space while maintaining the classic 2D feel. This was made possible by the big brain, super talented Richard Noble who built these landscapes from my silly sketches. Big love to the small crew of dedicated and talented people who worked on this and to Yussef and Tom for consistently making the best sounding music out there.”

In addition, Yussef Dayes will be headlining at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 12 October. Widely recognised as one of the most electrifying live performers of his generation, watching Dayes perform is an exhilarating combo of technical prowess, intensity and emotion – leaving audiences in no doubt as to the role of rhythm in channelling spiritual energy. Dayes will deservedly take his place among the ranks of star-studded performers that have appeared at the iconic venue over the past century.

Black Classical Music is Dayes 19-track debut solo studio album. At every turn, his distinctive drum licks and Rocco Palladino’s bass are the sturdy anchors; aided by Charlie Stacey (keys/synths), Venna (saxophone), Alexander Bourt (percussion), and a whole host of honourable features including: Chronixx, Masego, Jamilah Barry, Tom Misch, Elijah Fox, Shabaka Hutchings, Miles James, Sheila Maurice Grey, Nathaniel Cross, Theon Cross and the Chineke! Orchestra, the first professional orchestra in Europe to be made up of majority Black and ethnically diverse musicians. Centred upon themes of family and legacy, the record is a journey of healing and spirituality.

Yussef Dayes’ discography is expansive and wide reaching; his rise can be first linked to the Afrocentric quartet, United Vibrations, alongside his two brothers – Ahmad and Kareem – and saxophonist, Wayne Francis. This was followed by the meteorically sucessful, but short-lived duo Yussef Kamaal, with keyboardist Kamaal Williams. More recently, Dayes released Live At Joshua Tree, an EP presented by Soulection, and other solo releases including the live album Welcome To The Hills and Love Is The Message, which was recorded Live at Abbey Road Studios.

Pre-order Black Classical Music here.


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