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Kamaal Williams

The Return (Black Focus)

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RELEASED: 25th May 2018
180g Indies Only White Vinyl

Whether re-defining experimental fusion sounds with the hugely acclaimed Yussef Kamaal, or his catalogue of 12”s for imprints such as MCDE, Eglo and Rhythm Section as Henry Wu, South London’s Kamaal Williams has been a key figure in his thriving international scene for the past few years. ‘The Return’ is a natural evolution from the Yussef Kamaal project, mining the influence of visionary jazz but
blended with all kinds of texture, sounds and signals from the oversaturated
London streets.

At times the keyboard work evokes the classic 70s fusion work of Lonnie Liston Smith or Roy Ayers but underpinned by rhythms more reminiscent of blunted hip hop and arrangements subliminally laced with the cut-ups of pirate radio. Progressive, funky, cosmic, exploratory and effortlessly musical, this is the sound of a musician honing their craft into thrilling new shapes.

In the US the likes of Kamasi Washington and Thundercat have made great strides in opening a whole new dialogue between jazz and hip hop, drawing in a young, highly engaged new audience in the process. Kamaal Williams mine a similar seam on the other side of the Atlantic alongside other exciting London talents such as Ezra Collective, Ruby Rushton and Shabaka Hutchings.

‘The Return’ is exactly that: a return and refinement to the sound Yussef Kamaal were progenitors of and first set the scene for one of the most exciting musical movements London has had in years.

Tracklist:

  1. Salaam
  2. Broken Theme
  3. The Return
  4. High Roller
  5. Situations (Live In Milan)
  6. Catch The Loop
  7. Rhythm Commission
  8. Medina
  9. LDN Shuffle
  10. Aisha