Yussef Kamaal ‎– Black Focus

Brownswood Recordings ‎– BWOOD0157LP
Vinyl, LP, Album


A1 Black Focus
A2 Strings Of Light
A3 Remembrance
B1 Yo Chavez
B2 Ayla
B3 O.G.
B4 Lowrider
B5 Mansur's Message
B6 Wing Tai Drums
B7 Joint 17

Companies, etc.



Released in November 2016.
First repress in December 2016.
Second repress in January 2017 (this version).

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5060180322908
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, hand-etched): BWOOD0157LP A1 AYLA BG46758 - 01 A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, hand-etched): BWOOD0157LP B1 BG46758 - 01 B1 Guy's ELECTRIC BARBARA

Other Versions (5 of 7) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BWOOD0157CD Yussef Kamaal Black Focus(CD, Album) Brownswood Recordings BWOOD0157CD UK 2016 Sell This Version
BWOOD0157LP Yussef Kamaal Black Focus(LP, Album, Ltd, Whi) Brownswood Recordings BWOOD0157LP UK 2016 Sell This Version
BWOOD0157LP Yussef Kamaal Black Focus(LP, Album, RP) Brownswood Recordings BWOOD0157LP UK 2017 Sell This Version
none Yussef Kamaal Black Focus(CD, Album, Promo) Brownswood Recordings none UK 2016 Sell This Version
BRBW157, BWOOD0157CD Yussef Kamaal Black Focus(CD, Album) Beat Records, Brownswood Recordings BRBW157, BWOOD0157CD Japan 2016 Sell This Version


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May 22, 2020
Sublime, modern day jazz funk, with so much buoyant energy. I have found, it is the ideal soundtrack to play while I am cleaning the oven with a mixture of vinegar and baking soda. This is because it is so motivating.


May 13, 2020

Music is good but mastering isn't. Just a CD pressed on a vinyl. Pointless.


April 23, 2020

Really good pressing. Like someone mentioned earlier, it sounds a bit lo-fi in some spots, but overall I really like this record.


April 12, 2020

bpm per track if anyone is interested
A1 92
A2 145
A3 135
B1 136
B2 153
B3 77
B4 126
B5 140
B6 99
B7 98


December 7, 2018


Does anyone knows how to differenciate the 1st realease, from the repress 1 and 2 ?

Is the difference only checkable by weighting it ? In this case, could you guys indicate the weight of your vinyl, to make us able to compare hahaha ?
What about the musicality ? It's kinf of abstract and depends a lot of the personal sensitivity and the Hi-Fi installation which is playing the album...

I need help on that case (it's for a present, and I want to offer the best as possible, as my brother cares about the musical details which are inherent to the audio mastering and the press quality).


July 4, 2018

Just arrived… My collection of Herbie Hancock`s records is going on shelf. Yussef is taking over THE SPIN... PEACE.


June 28, 2018
stunning album, modern jazz-funk masterpiece from a group of the top UK jazz players


April 18, 2018
edited over 2 years ago

The pressing like people said is mostly great as Optimal tends to do. Sadly my copy had a scratch causing clicks which was possibly made by the cardboard inner thats not lined with plastic.
The music is also mostly good, but mastered a little square and simple at times. Its like they forgot this was a stereo record on side A because its mostly a centered soundstage. Some sounds are a bit low fi, possibly as artistic choice, but it doesnt lend itself well to the sound. Theres not much to complain about here though, if you enjoy the music you should be satisfyed with this release.

Equipment Used:
Rega RP1 with Nagaoka MP-110 Cartridge
Cyrus 2 Amplifier
System Fidelity SF-3050 Tower Speakers
Custom made HQ Speaker Cables


March 14, 2018
the 2017 repress is listed separately. First vinyl black pressing is heavier vinyl than subsequent pressings.


September 6, 2017

great music, pity about the spoken word samples... i reach for the skip button every time the guy starts talking