Hannah Williams & The Affirmations on Jay-Z new album

Published on Venerdì, 30 Giugno 2017

Hannah Williams & The Affirmations appear on Jay-Z much-awaited new album “4:44”, which has just came out through Roc Nation and that is exclusively available on Jay-Z’s music streaming service Tidal. The title track of the American rap super-star’s new album “4:44is built around Late Nights & Heartbreak” which is also the title track of Hannah Williams & The Affirmations’ latest LP, released by RK last November. The album, which comes four years after Hov’s last work “Magna Carta Holy Grail”, is produced by No I.D., already known for his works with Kanye West, Common and Jay-Z. The song “4:44” is a statement of his infidelity and aresponse to Beyoncé’s “Lemonade”. NO I.D. declared that he purposely pitched to Jay Z Hannah Williams & The Affirmations’song which is about cheating as well: “I put this sample (that) it starts off with, “I find it so hard/When I know in my heart/I’m letting you down everyday.” I remember him hearing it and looking at me like, sighing”. Quoting Jay-Z '4:44 is the crux of the album… it's such a powerful song and I just believe one of the best songs I've ever written”.

“Late Nights & Heartbreak” has been recorded backed by her new band from Bristol “The Affirmations” at Quatermass Studio in London, the HQ of the British cult band The Heliocentrics and has been produced by legendary UK drummer Malcolm Catto, also known for his work with among the others, Mulatu, Orlando Julius, Floating Points, Quantic, Dj Shadow and Madlib.

Hannah Williams exploded onto the soul scene with her debut album a Hill Of Feathers in 2012. The first single “Work it Out” was an independent hit on the airwaves all over the globe and the official video has garnered over 1.5 million views on YouTube. The story of Hannah Williams seems to be written in lore from day one. Her father was a musically gifted minister and her mother let her join the church choir at the age of 6. Hannah could read music before she could properly read words. Now she's an unstoppable force of incredible, once-in-a-lifetime talent.

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