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 over- saturated 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.
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Artist Kamaal Williams Label Black Focus Music Format General Vinyl Music Format Specific 12" Genre Funk, Jazz Release Date 25 May 2018 Track 1 Position No Track 1 Title No Track 1 Preview URL No Track 2 Position No Track 2 Title No Track 2 Preview URL No Track 3 Position No Track 3 Title No Track 3 Preview URL No Track 4 Position No Track 4 Title No Track 4 Preview URL No Track 5 Position No Track 5 Title No Track 5 Preview URL No Track 6 Position No Track 6 Title No Track 6 Preview URL No Track 7 Position No Track 7 Title No Track 7 Preview URL No Track 8 Position No Track 8 Title No Track 8 Preview URL No Track 9 Position No Track 9 Title No Track 9 Preview URL No Track 10 Position No Track 10 Title No Track 10 Preview URL No Track 11 Position No Track 11 Title No Track 11 Preview URL No Track 12 Position No Track12 Title No Track 12 Preview URL No