Kamaal Williams | Electric Brixton, London

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Kamaal Williams’ sound combines a love of 70s-style jazz fusion with more contemporary hip-hop and electronic dance influences. New album ‘The Return’ arrived in May this year and has been praised by the likes of Pitchfork, Mixmag, The Times, Tiny Mix Tapes and All About Jazz.

“It’s a sweet snapshot of London in 2018 — an encapsulation of a newly brewing jazz community, uniting numerous cultural strands that make up the city. When the scene needed him most, Kamaal Williams returned to show the way.” – Pitchfork

“...effortlessly blending funk-laden keys, wavy bassline and subtle, tip-toeing percussion.” - Mixmag

“...this is ideal jazz for a summer’s day.” - The Times

“If over three earth weeks feel like too long of a wait to own your own copy of the smooth, key-driven jazz fusion of the new group, you can loop the lead single “High Roller” ad infinitum and send yourself into a deep funk/soul hole while you wait out the necessary earth rotations.” - Tiny Mix Tapes

“The Return takes up where Black Focus left off, harnessing classic jazz-funk and fusion with hip hop and its British offspring grime, broken beat and drum & bass. Beats are key, and so are great melodies and trippy ambiances. It is jazz, Jim, but only as we have recently got to know it, and it all hangs together beautifully.” - All About Jazz

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