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.
Cat.: BWOOD 0157LP
Format : LP