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Kamaal Williams - Wu Hen

Kamaal Williams - Wu Hen

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A positive tour de force through jazz, rap and R&B without necessarily observing any of the rules. A genuinely thrilling sonic journey.


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.

+ Indie exclusive edition pressed on limited red vinyl.

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 vocal features from cult rapper Mach-Hommy and 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.

Vinyl Tracklisting
A1 – Street Dreams (feat. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson)
A2 – One More Time / 1989 (feat. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson)
A3 – Toulouse (feat. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson) / Pigalle

B1 – Big Rick / Save Me
B2 – Mr. Wu
B3 – Hold on (feat. Lauren Faith)
B4 – Early Prayer

CD Tracklisting
1– Street Dreams (feat. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson)
2 – One More Time
3 – 1989 (feat. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson)
4 – Toulouse (feat. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson)
5 – Pigalle
6 – Big Rick
7 – Save Me
8 – Mr. Wu
9 – Hold on (feat. Lauren Faith)
10 – Early Prayer
Artist: Kamaal Williams
Label: Black Focus
Catalogue: BFR007LPR
Barcode: 5060384618708
Format: CD & LP
Release Date: 24th July 2020
"Stakes out a middle ground between spiritual fire and smooth jazz."
"Genre-bending prodigy strikes again... The London keys player and house DJ brings together funk, club culture and cool jazz."
"An important record... Spinning through celestial jazz, rap and R&B in a beat-heavy genre blend."

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