Kamaal Williams - Wu Hen
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2020 Ratings: #236 / 615
User Score
Based on 64 ratings
2020 Ratings: #318
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July 24, 2020 / Release Date
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Black Focus / Label
Nu Jazz / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Loud and Quiet

In the sustained genesis of Peckham jazz, Wu Hen feels like an important record, independent to the usual cast and calling cards.

85
Spectrum Culture
Williams firmly establishes himself as one of the most creative and vital voices coming out of the London jazz scene.
80
Q Magazine
Dancefloor-friendly jazz is currently all the rage but Kamaal Williams has his own distinctive slant on it, with his beats informed by drum'n'bass, house and grime.
80
Mojo
Williams' forward-pushing, inter-generational sound – '70s fusion-era grooves mingle with modern club motifs – is fully formed on this second full solo outing.
80
Uncut
It's smooth, but Wu is smart enough to sprinkle just a little grit in the oyster.
80
The Line of Best Fit

Kamaal Williams’ Wu Hen is a richly textured album in which sincerity takes precedent

80
AllMusic

Wu Hen is the first mature portrait of Williams. In his integrated approach, genre, style, and production techniques all serve as building blocks in the creation of a holistic, spiritually instructive sound world.

73
Pitchfork
The London jazz musician’s latest stakes out a middle ground between spiritual fire and smooth jazz.
60
The Guardian
The London producer is happy to foreground his collaborators on his second solo album, but doesn’t make the most of them.
60
Crack Magazine

With a push and pull of sonics but an underlying, undeniable groove throughout, Wu Hen finds Kamaal Williams as explorative as ever, the kind of album you’d only get from a proper crate-digger. Where drawing from such a wide palette might stump other musicians, Williams pulls it off with finesse.

Muratka
91
What a gorgeous jazz album!
DareG
78
As a fan of Kamaal Williams/Yuseef Kamaal, this is a frustrating album. Some tracks (Hold On (feat. Lauren Faith)
Early Prayer, Street Dreams, 1989, etc.) match the dazzling nu-jazz of his previous outings, while a few tracks devolve into some cheesy concoction that goes nowhere and detracts from the French noir meets hip-hop theme that runs throughout.

Standouts: Hold On (feat. Lauren Faith), Early Prayer, Street Dreams (feat. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson), 1989 (feat. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson), ... read more
usuallyascanbe
78
wu hen - kamaal williams (2020)
78/100 (B+)
pigalle, big rick, save me
RodrigoDTReis
75
This is the best release from Kamaal Williams until today.

With exception of 2/3 music it gives us a great chill vibe
holsgr
55
☆☆ — passable
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Track List

  1. Street Dreams (feat. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson)
  2. One More Time
  3. 1989 (feat. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson)
  4. Toulouse (feat. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson)
  5. Pigalle
  6. Big Rick
  7. Save Me
  8. Mr Wu
  9. Hold On (feat. Lauren Faith)
  10. Early Prayer
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Added on: May 26, 2020