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Brownswood Recordings

Contemporary Jazz, Soul-Jazz, Broken Beat, Deep House



Release date

Fri Nov 04 2016


Sun Feb 25 2018

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Vinyl - 1xLP / Album

Yussef Kamaal - Black Focus
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Brownswood Recordings has high hopes for this debut album from the previously unheralded Yussef Kamaal, which brings together hyped producer Kamaal Williams (AKA Henry Wu) and fast-rising Afrobeat drummer Yussef Dayes. With such talent to draw on, you'd expect Black Focus to be rather good. Happily, it is, with the duo delivering a typically London-centric take on jazz funk. That means that they take as much inspiration from the work of Kaidi Tatham as, say, Herbie Hancock. The key to the album's success - and, yes, it is generally as special as Gilles Peterson suggests - is the fluid combination of Dayes' brilliant drumming and Williams' superb synth solos and effortlessly groovy Rhodes playing.

Yussef Kamaal

Black Focus

A1 - Black Focus

A2 - Strings Of Light

A3 - Remembrance

B1 - Yo Chavez

B2 - Ayla

B3 - O.G.

B4 - Lowrider

B5 - Mansur's Message

B6 - Wing Tai Drums

B7 - Joint 17

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