Kamaal Williams recruits Lauren Faith for “Hold On”

A gorgeous preview of his second solo album, ‘Wu Hen.’

Kamaal Williams has released “Hold On” featuring Lauren Faith, the latest track from his upcoming album Wu Hen.

Faith—who’s collaborated with Craig David and Kaytranada—supplies smoldering vocals over crystalline harp and a minimal bassline, resulting in a particularly beautiful, intimate collaboration.

Williams announced Wu Hen in May with the single “One More Time.” The keyboardist and one-half of the now-defunct Yussef Kamaal had previously described the record as “a revolution of the mind” in a press release.


He added, “A spiritual rebellion: To reach new heights requires separating ourselves from the material world and finding power in what’s intangible. That’s what music and art is for—whether it’s a primitive emotion or something deep, you feel it. And there’s a subliminal element that resonates throughout my work. If you’re painting, it’s what you’re feeling as you’re painting. And the person looking at that artwork or listening to that music, they can feel it too, because it’s sincere.”

Wu Hen is Williams’ follow-up to his 2018 solo debut The Return. Its title is derived from a childhood nickname that references the musician’s Taiwanese heritage, which can be traced as far back as to the Wu Dynasty. Besides Faith, other guests on the album include Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and Mach-Hommy.

Earlier this year, Williams released a live album recorded at Dekmantel Festival, and in November 2019 put out a mix for DJ-Kicks. Wu Hen is due out July 24 via Black Focus. Stream “Hold On” here:


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