Kamaal Williams – Wu Hen


(Black Focus Records, Black Focus Records, Black Focus Records) – (BFR007LP)

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Wu Hen is the sophomore album from Peckham visionary Kamaal Williams — an invitation to elevate to a higher state. Cinematic strings from Miguel-Atwood Ferguson and virtuoso saxophone from Quinn Mason are textural additions that make for a deeper, multi-layered experience than previous releases.

Bringing groove back to the forefront, Wu Hen oscillates between celestial jazz, funk, rap and r&b reinforced with the rugged beat-heavy attitude of grime, jungle, house and garage – a self-styled fusion Kamaal describes as Wu Funk.

New players on this record include LA’s Greg Paul on drums (of Kalayst Collective), Rick Leon James on bass, Quinn Mason on saxophone alongside a vocal feature from Kaytranada collaborator Lauren Faith. Multi-talented renaissance musician Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (who has worked with Ray Charles, Flying Lotus, Dr. Dre, Mary J. Blige, and Seu Jorge) contributes signature strings, which add vivid colour and rich depth, evoking vintage David Axelrod.

Kamaal rose to prominence with the hugely acclaimed Yussef Kamaal alongside drummer Yussef Dayes and a catalogue of 12”s for imprints such as MCDE, Eglo, and Rhythm Section as Henry Wu that became essential DJ tools. In 2018 he launched Black Focus Records with the Kamaal Williams debut The Return, which charted in the UK and saw sold out shows and festival appearances across Europe, North America and Asia.

Format: 12″ Vinyl
Label: Black Focus Records, Black Focus Records, Black Focus Records
Catalogue Number: BFR007LP
Record Condition: Near Mint (NM or M-)
Sleeve Condition: Near Mint (NM or M-)

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A1 Street Dreams
A2 One More Time / 1989
A3 Toulouse / Pigalle
B1 Big Rick / Save Me
B2 Mr. Wu
B3 Hold On
B4 Early Prayer


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