Record Kicks proudly presents the new album “Late Nights & Heartbreak” by Hannah Williams & The Affirmations that will hit the streets worldwide next November 11th 2016. Recorded at Quatermass Studio in London – the HQ of the British cult band The Heliocentrics, – the new album has been produced by legendary UK drummer and producer Malcolm Catto. Alongside the Heliocentric albums on Now Again / Stones Throw, Malcolm is responsible for producing great albums such as “Inspiration Information” by Mulatu Astatke, “Jaiyede Afro” by Orlando Julius and “The Last Transmission” by Melvin Van Peebles. Not only this but Malcolm regularly collaborates with artists such as Floating Points, Quantic, Dj Shadow and Madlib.
So a new producer and a new life for Hannah; who is also now backed by the Affirmations, her new super tight band from Bristol – who will be touring the record too. The musicianship has ramped up several gears since Hannah’s first album; bringing a welcome flare of excellence which punctuates Hannah’s heartbreaking vocals and embraces Malcolm’s tight, psychedelic production. Mixed totally analogue, and mastered on tape, “Late Nights & Heartbreak” includes 13 tracks of visceral soul with a touch of psychedelic atmosphere – as evidenced by the first single:”Tame in The Water”. The sound is tighter and punchier than ever before – a trait of the Affirmations, which has been brought out in several mind-blowing tracks – like the 8+ minutes of “Still in My Head”, which grooves hard throughout and showcases Hannah up to her most show-stopping moment on the album. “Woman Got Soul” is another 5 minutes of groovy, addictive proof that this is next level for Hannah and her band. The albums’ grooves are interspersed with deep and layered soul tracks, like “Another Sunrise” or “Your Luck Can Change” which act as musical beds upon which Hannah explodes with genuine emotions of love, lust, longing and anger – and everything in between. All the songs are original and come from hands of the Bristol-based collective surrounding The Affirmations, led by MD James Graham. The only exception being a monster psychedelic soul version of “Dazed and Confused”, which is strongly influenced by the original version by Jake Holmes.
The whirlwind of soul is back to grace stages around the world and leave them in tatters afterwards.It will not take long for anyone who hears “Late Nights and Heartbreak” to be conquered by this unique and heart breaking, dance floor shaking blend of raw and real soul.
– Gilles Peterson, Brownswood Recordings / BBC6
“Hannah Williams and Malcolm Catto is a musical match made in heaven. This album delivers some serious funky nuggets!”
– The Craig Charles Funk&Soul Show BBC6
“Hannah Williams & The Affirmations have served up another heady brew of super heavy funk and soul guaranteed to hit your head, heart and feet where it counts. Superb stuff”
– Paul Osborne / Shindig Magazine
“Ms Williams comes roaring back to life again with some quality material -retro blessedness thankfully for today! A touch of sheer class!”
– Emrys Baird / Blues & Soul Magazine