|1.||"Black Focus" (4:29)|
|2.||"Strings Of Light" (8:31)|
|1.||"Yo Chavez" (3:59)|
|5.||"Mansur's Message" (2:08)|
|6.||"Wing Tai Drums" (1:18)|
|7.||"Joint 17" (8:10)|
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.
Owen Jay (Batti Batti / Gauss ), JimmyTheTwin, OdDio, Aroop Roy, Alex Attias, Manu•Archeo, CABARET MANANA, RUSTAM OSPANOFF., Ourra, Replika (Quintessentials), M//R, Cro, Alex Zuiev, Thatmanmonkz (Shadeleaf Music), Calagad 13, Lay-Far, Lexis (Music Is My Sanctuary), Disco Tech (DiscoDat), Session Victim, Juno Recommends Jazz, JKriv (Razor-N-Tape), Roman Rauch, NICOLA CONTE, WotNot Music, Harvey Sutherland, Bryan Hervieu, Bodhi, Z Lovecraft, Simon Ozbizton/EYESHRWD, Rikki Humphrey, Ishmael, Sameed, Coeo, Paul Withey / Sweetooth, Orphidal, Dave Aju, ReeKee (Wrong Notes), DJP / Soul Print Recordings, 4004 , JELLY ROLL SOUL, Long Island Sound, Francesco Rossini, Secretsundaze, Nicky Soft Touch, Neon Finger
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