Kamaal Williams is the latest project led by prolific South London artist Henry Wu. As the mastermind behind Yussef Kamaal, Wu released a landmark album for British jazz with 2016’s Black Focus Records. Williams has drawn attention in recent years for an adventurous sound that draws on jazz, funk, soul, hip-hop, house and beyond.
A natural evolution from his ‘Yussef Kamaal’ project (crowned the Breakthrough Act of 2017 at the 2017 Jazz FM Awards), The Return shows clear visionary jazz influences, blended with all kinds of textures, sounds and signals from the over-saturated London streets. Dubbed “a fascinating statement” by Clash Music, the 10-track collection featuring guitarist Mansur Brown draws inspiration from Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea and is bound to push beyond the boundaries expected of the jazz genre.
The live ensemble features Josh McKenzie aka McKnasty on drums, a formidable force who was playing and touring with acts such as Dennis Rollinsand Robert Glasper from the age of 17, and Pete Martin on Bass, an original member of Courtney Pine’s infamous line up in the late 90’s. With shows at Glastonbury and Koko, as well as worldwide festival appearances behind them, the band have already become an in-demand outfit in their own right.
Witness the unmissable Kamaal Williams’ experience with the live debut of The Return in North America this February / March.
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With his roots in Assam, northeast India, and his hustle now based in Brooklyn, the psychedelic soul-savant known as jitwam. will officially drop his second album on Tartelet Records in May 2019. To mark its release, a music video to the album’s opener “busstop” was shot in the exhilarating city of Mumbai across three days.
Of everywhere and nowhere, jitwam’s music draws influence from a litany of iconoclasts including, but not limited to RD Burman, Moondog, The Velvet Underground, Yayoi Kusama, Jay Electronica, Jay Dilla, Moodymann, Leon Thomas, Madlib and Asha Bhosle.
Utilising knowledge acquired through years spent digging through dusty crates, and talents honed as a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and vocalist, HONEYCOMB frees jitwam from any parameters of a dance floor 12-inch. It blasts open the doors for an artist who fuses musical identities and stitches together ideas into some of the warmest music you’ll hear all year.
HONEYCOMB follows jitwam’s well-received EPs on his own imprint, The Jazz Diaries, which secured him a spot on Moodymann’s DJ Kicks compilation, as well as a steady string of gigs that took his talents from a country-wide NTS-Radio tour in India, to shows in Europe and the US, where he opened for legendary jazz-funk artist Roy Ayers.