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Kamaal Williams



You may know Kamaal Williams for knocking out soulful house under his Henry Wu moniker or for the Gilles Peterson-approved Black Focus album of 2016, a collaboration with Yussef Dayes. Williams’ jazz-fusion debut under his own name features a crack duo of drummer Joshua McKenzie and bassist Pete Martin. Alongside Williams’ own gorgeous Fender Rhodes lead lines, the trio are a perfect balance of song-serving musicianship and scene-stealing soloing. Williams’ echoey Rhodes on opener Salaam sets a laidback groove, backed with minimalist bottom end. Drum ’n’ bass influences are brought to bear on the urgent stopstart rhythms of Broken Theme, and the intriguing, unpredictable beats of Catch The Loop will keep you on the edge of your seat. There’s a pleasing 80s oldskool R&B vibe to Rhythm Commission, which ends far too soon. Overall, it’s a winning formula of classic 70s jazz fusion and more modern textures.

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In issue 18 of Long Live Vinyl we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Pixies’ classic debut album Surfer Rosa. We’ve left no stone unturned in getting the inside track on the making of the record at Boston’s Q Division Studios as Black Francis, Joey Santiago, Vaughan Oliver and Simon Larbalestier tell Long Live Vinyl about the legacy of an album that inspired David Bowie, Kurt Cobain, Smashing Pumpkins and Radiohead. Plus, we bring you an in-depth review of 4AD’s new Come On Pilgrim… It’s Surfer Rosa Deluxe Edition. Elsewhere in this packed issue of Long Live Vinyl, we speak to teenage duo Let’s Eat Grandma about their superb sophomore album, I’m All Ears, head out on the road with Chicago guitar virtuoso Ryley Walker and tell the story of Small Faces’ legendary Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake LP. Post-punk fans will want to check out our Essential top 40 – a definitive collector’s guide to the genre, and our Classic Album series focuses on Pulp’s 1995 career-high Different Class. We also hear from legendary photographer Mick Rock about shooting David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed, and The Trip visits a cratedigger’s paradise – Amsterdam. If all that’s not enough, you’ll find the widest range of album, turntable and hi-fi accessory reviews anywhere on the newsstand. Enjoy the issue!