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    Wu Hen
    Label
    Black Focus
    Catalogue Number
    BFR007DL
    Release Date
    24 July 2020

    Wu Hen is the sophomore album from Kamaal Williams -- an invitation to elevate to a higher state. Cinematic strings from Miguel-Atwood Ferguson and virtuoso saxophone from Quinn Mason are textural additions that make for a deeper, multi-layered experience than previous releases.

    Bringing groove back to the forefront, Wu Hen oscillates between celestial jazz, funk, rap and r&b reinforced with the rugged beat-heavy attitude of grime, jungle, house and garage – a self-styled fusion Kamaal describes as Wu Funk.

    When pressed for insight into the album’s overarching themes, Kamaal proclaims: “This is a revolution of the mind. A spiritual rebellion: To reach new heights requires separating ourselves from the material world and finding power in what’s intangible. That’s what music and art is for – whether it’s a primitive emotion or something deep, you feel it. And there’s a subliminal element that resonates throughout my work. If you’re painting, it’s what you’re feeling as you’re painting. And the person looking at that artwork or listening to that music, they can feel it too, because it’s sincere.”

    The album’s title is also the nickname Henry’s grandma gave him as a child. The Taiwanese side of his family are originally from the Wu Dynasty, and the name Wu translates as ‘Gateway to Heaven'. On Wu Hen a path is traced from his lineage all the way to his current spiritual mission, which is also reflected in the cloudlike cover art by artist Othelo Gervacio.

    However – like most people striving – and like the ancient Chinese concept of ying and yang, there’s a dualism, where seemingly opposite forces are at play, which despite a conflict can actually be complementary, with the two sides interconnected and interdependent.

    Digital Track List

    1. 1 Street Dreams (feat. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson) 2:12 Buy

      Street Dreams (feat. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson)

    2. 2 One More Time 3:10 Buy

      One More Time

    3. 3 1989 (feat. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson) 3:22 Buy

      1989 (feat. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson)

    4. 4 Toulouse (feat. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson) 2:48 Buy

      Toulouse (feat. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson)

    5. 5 Pigalle 6:14 Buy

      Pigalle

    6. 6 Big Rick 3:27 Buy

      Big Rick

    7. 7 Save Me 5:58 Buy

      Save Me

    8. 8 Mr Wu 3:37 Buy

      Mr Wu

    9. 9 Hold On (feat. Lauren Faith) 3:20 Buy

      Hold On (feat. Lauren Faith)

    10. 10 Early Prayer 4:57 Buy

      Early Prayer

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