Yussef Kamaal – Calligraphy (Brownswood Basement Session)

If you haven’t had the chance to check out what’s likely going to be remembered as one of the top jazz albums of 2016, take a look at this recording from the Brownswood Basement. Also, let me tell you that Black Focus is finally available on vinyl again, so no more excuses!

And lastly, if you’re in London or plan to go around Christmas, make sure to go and see Yussef Kamaal play live at Phonox on December 18!

Yussef Kamaal – Black Focus

There’s probably no need to tell anybody about Yussef Kamaal anymore, the hype machine has been running for weeks. I don’t care too much about a hype anymore, there’s been to much of that in my life and oftentimes it ended in nothing but disappointment. Hype has sort of become a standard tool in our already oversaturated tool. The good news is, that Yussef Kamaal’s debut is impeccable. The pair concisting of United Vibrations drummer Yussef Dayes and Kamaal Williams aka Henry Wu manages to attract the heads as well as the new generation of jazz listeners, and they do so with the versatility and their ability to groove. Both qualities that have been lacking on other fore-runners of this new jazz revival, say Kamasi Washington’s much hyped album.

Listening to “Strings of Light” and “Yo Chavez” has been enough for me to click on that shiny buy button, but with every listen there’s a new tune that grows on me, that I didn’t seem to pay attention to at all. My favourite album this week and available through Brownswood.

Co-Op Studio Session

The day following last year’s Boiler Room-hosted Co-OP reunion, broken beat veteran producers IG Culture, Seiji, Alex Phountzi and Jazz re:freshed host Adam Rock were joined by torchbearer Henry Wu for a recording session at Play Deep Studios. Whatever comes out of this, I’m sure many of you are craving for more. Will keep you updated if there are any news on this!

Glenn Astro – Love Is Gone (Henry Wu Remix)

It’s almost impossible these days to visit a music website without running across the name of Glenn Astro, the kid is just about everywhere! Not only does he have his debut album coming out in May, our friends at Moovmnt just premiered a track from his forthcoming Hologram EP on London’s WotNot. Listen to the remix by Henry Wu, who is another name to watch out for and who just released a new EP on Alexander Nut’s Ho Tep.

The Hologram EP will be out in early April, pre-orders are available from Juno.