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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

Other Versions (5 of 8)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
New Submission
Black Focus (LP, Album, Limited Edition, White)Brownswood RecordingsBWOOD0157LPUK2016
Black Focus (CD, Album)Brownswood RecordingsBWOOD0157CDUK2016
New Submission
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
slamboogie88's profile picture
Edited 5 months 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 profile picture
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 profile picture
Edited one year 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 profile picture
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 profile picture
Music is good but mastering isn't. Just a CD pressed on a vinyl. Pointless.
marquisperkins's profile picture
Really good pressing. Like someone mentioned earlier, it sounds a bit lo-fi in some spots, but overall I really like this record.
sbasxv's profile picture
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
guillaume.cugnet's profile picture

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).
lostindigital's profile picture
Just arrived… My collection of Herbie Hancock`s records is going on shelf. Yussef is taking over THE SPIN... PEACE.
kool_fraser's profile picture
stunning album, modern jazz-funk masterpiece from a group of the top UK jazz players