London-based drummer Yussef Dayes (formerly of celebrated jazz-funk duo Yussef Kamaal) has released a new single in collaboration with Alfa Mist. We’re told that it represents “not only a new beginning but what comes out of being able to live your own vision as a musician.” It also draws heavily on inspirations from a recent trip to São Paulo and Salvador in Brazil.  

“Love Is The Message,” the first of two upcoming releases, was the product of a jam session with producer and composer Alfa Mist. The song also sees some riffs from rising guitarist Mansur Brown. 

Dayes came to notoriety alongside his brothers Ahmad and Kareem in the Afrobeat-influenced jazz group United Vibrations. As one half of Yussef Kamaal, his rhythmic work was put on full display and the Black Focus album ended up becoming one of the most heralded jazz records to emerge from the new London scene. 

“Love Is The Message” is available now across all platforms via Dayes’ new Cashmere Thoughts label and can be streamed in full below.