Kamaal Williams is a man who deals in groove. From his propulsive house-led productions under the moniker Henry Wu to his 2016 album Black Focus with drummer Yussef Dayes, his signature sound is one of the ever-shifting relationship between the rhythms of drums, bass and keys.
Following the break-up of his partnership with drummer Dayes, Williams has gone solo, continuing his groove-based legacy under his own name and record label, also titled Black Focus. The result is The Return, a sequel of sorts to his recordings with Dayes, encompassing the laid-back swagger of hip-hop, jittering afrobeats, louche funk, and ‘60s soul within an improvised jazz context.
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[This piece was published on 29/05/18]