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Album of the Week

by Bec Cushway
posted 05/08/2020

Album of the Week: Wu Hen ⁠— Kamaal Williams & Is This Offensive and Loud? — Nat Vazer

Eastside’s Album of the Week show this week features the latest release from Kamaal Williams, and sweet indie-folk sounds out of Melbourne from Nat Vazer’s Is This Offensive and Loud?.

Kamaal Williams made a name for himself back in 2016 after teaming up with Yussef Dayes to release Black Focus under the Yussef Kamaal name. The British producers then went their separate ways to release suberb solo projects of their own. Kamaal Williams’ latest release Wu Hen is a nod to his electronic alter-ego Henry Wu while still maintaining the classical jazz phrasing and syncopation you would expect from a heavyweight of the London jazz scene. The album meanders about duelling drums and saxophone from the talented Quinn Mason on “Pigalle”, and shoots left of field with an r’n’b vocal number featuring Lauren Faith on “Hold On”. The album is primarily a jazz record, but Kamaal Williams has managed to produce something that isn’t afraid to question what that means.

Album art for Kamaal William's album Wu Hen. It features abstract red smoke over a black background

Kamaal Williams – Wu Hen

Album art for Nat Vazer's album Is This OFfensive and Loud? It features a grainy photo of the artist wearing a cap.

Nat Vazer – Is This Offensive and Loud?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nat Vazer started her career in law, and after a creative revelation a few years ago released her debut EP We Used to Have Real Conversations. The Melbourne based singer/songwriter has since released this, her full length album Is This Offensive and Loud? The album is anything but. An indie-folk rumination on love, family, and belonging, it is an album that shines in its lyricism. Nat Vazer has concocted a sunny, lazy album that ranges from the stripped back and emotional “Mother”, to the almost 90s grunge sound of “Grateful”, a tribute to the strength of the women in her life. The album is a bold step onto the Melbourne music scene, akin to the likes of Stella Donnelly and Julia Jacklin in her biting witty lyrics atop gorgeous guitar riffs.

Listen back to the show here, and tune in Wednesdays 3-4pm to hear Album of the Week with Bec Cushway.

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