ARTIST FOCUS: YUSSEF KAMAAL

At the forefront of new wave jazz-funk, Yussef Kamaal have recently sold out impressive headline shows at Ronnie Scott’s and St. James’ Church, as well as putting on standout performances for Boiler Room and at Giles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards. Featuring Yussef Dayes’ fabled drumming alongside talented, multi-instrumentalist Kamaal Williams – also known as Henry Wu, next to an impressive touring line-up of other musicians, Yussef Kamaal have received lustrous commendations from the likes of Bonobo, Lefto, 4Hero and Alexander Nut.

The duo’s debut album ‘Black Focus’ will be released through Giles Peterson’s Brownswood imprint on November 4th . The Jazz based project has been causing a swirl in London and beyond for quite some time now, with their live performances displaying a rare degree of strong adroitness. If the distinctive passion and raw energy they show live is portrayed through the recordings on the album, we’re in for a very special delight.

One half of the double act, Henry Wu, has been rightly labelled as one of the most exciting emerging talents over recent years. Drawing from almost opposite ends of the musical spectrum, his diversity on record is clearly apparent. His smooth and cultured blend of contemporary house beats and funk/ jazz grooves has really put Wu on the map, whilst his band Yussef Kamaal are becoming noticed for comparable accolades.

Although ‘Black Focus’ has not yet been released, lead single Yo Chavez gives an in depth insight into what to expect from the forthcoming full length. Broken beats intelligently chopped and placed hip-hop esque sampling with harmonious, catchy melodies, giving a strong indication that this album will certainly be of first-rate quality.

To catch Yussef Kamaal performing tracks from their new album, head to Patterns on 12th November.

 

 

 

 



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