Yussef KamaalBlack Focus

Label:Brownswood Recordings – BWOOD0157LP
Vinyl, LP, Album
Genre:Electronic, Jazz
Style:Contemporary Jazz, Soul-Jazz, Broken Beat, Deep House


A1Black Focus
A2Strings Of Light
B1Yo Chavez
B5Mansur's Message
B6Wing Tai Drums
B7Joint 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

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Black Focus (LP, Album, Limited Edition, White)Brownswood RecordingsBWOOD0157LPUK2016
Recently Edited
Black Focus (CD, Album)Brownswood RecordingsBWOOD0157CDUK2016
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Black Focus (CD, Album, Promo)Brownswood RecordingsnoneUK2016
New Submission
Black Focus (10×File, WAV, Album, 24 Bit)Brownswood RecordingsnoneUK2016
New Submission
Black Focus (CD, Album)Beat Records, Brownswood RecordingsBRBW157, BWOOD0157CDJapan2016



  • Johnec42's avatar
    Wow. One of my top albums ever! What a phenomenal listen! Yussef is really In the pocket, and it’s beautiful mastering. My pressing has some pops and clicks but it definitely worth.
    • Johnec42's avatar
      Edited 22 days ago
      Wow. One of my top albums ever! What a phenomenal listen! Yussef Dayes is really In the pocket, and it’s beautiful mastering. My pressing has some pops and clicks but it definitely worth.
      • alohahawaiikiki's avatar
        Amazing album, amazing pressing. Dead silent. Definitely recommend! So pity the guys broke up.
        • Sinner_Lady's avatar
          Everyone criticizing the mastering needs to shut the F up and listen to the music. Even if the mastering isn’t flawless, sit back and listen to one of the greatest albums of our generation, and respect the music for its brilliance. I’ve listened to this vinyl at least 60 times and never once thought it was poorly mastered, although it’s probably because I was too busy enjoying the masterpiece that is the music.
          • slamboogie88's avatar
            Edited 2 years ago
            Decent pressing quality. It is a shame that the mastering of this album is lacking that live studio recording soundstage in stereo, like the others have commented. The performance is superb and its a shame not to preserve this masterpiece with mastering that matches the level of this amazing artistry. Maybe one day, there will be a MoFi Original Master Recording release. I know, its wishful thinking but hey, one can dream and I am sure I am not the only one. Meanwhile, this vinyl release will be suffice at the interim until a better vinyl release with much improved mastering. Having said that, I would still buy this vinyl.

            Note: side A is the logo side with the 3 tracks.
            • j.peterman's avatar
              Can someone comment on the difference in pressing between the original and repress? Is the sound quality the same?
              Or are they both really just CD masters put on vinyl?
              • Gr8rSoul's avatar
                Edited 3 years ago
                Track 3 OH MY GOD...this should be a tribute to Led Zeppelin's No Quarter!
                Mad drummer inside! Listen at own risk!
                Own the Vinyl and digital both not bad recordings though somewhat garage sounding...maybe on purpose! This is just simply awesome and timely!
                • midnightrunner's avatar
                  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.
                  • DrBenton's avatar
                    Music is good but mastering isn't. Just a CD pressed on a vinyl. Pointless.
                    • marquisperkins's avatar
                      Really good pressing. Like someone mentioned earlier, it sounds a bit lo-fi in some spots, but overall I really like this record.


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