Kamasi Washington shares powerful new double album, Heaven and Earth: Stream

Kendrick and St. Vincent collaborator is back with a striking new statement of his own

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Kamasi Washington, photo by Ben Kaye

    Today marks the release of Kamasi Washington’s double LP, Heaven and Earth, the anticipated follow-up to last year’s Harmony of Difference EP, which was one of our favorite records of last year. Subscribers of Apple Music and Spotify can stream it below.

    “Washington’s expertise as an arranger still drops jaws with ease,” we wrote in our glowing review of the album, which is billed as nothing less than a metaphysical look at all of creation. As the review makes clear, nearly all of the double album’s cuts are as strong as pre-release singles like “Street Fighter Mas”, “Fists of Fury”, and “The Space Traveler’s Lullaby”. Joining him on the record are his collaborators in Next Step and the West Coast Get Down, who flesh out a number of the album’s sprawling tracks.


    “I was looking to take this journey where we start off [with the] understanding that what we think and what we imagine affects our experience,” Washington told The Guardian about the album’s impetus. “If my thoughts and dreams can affect the world, that means essentially I am making my own world for myself. The world isn’t what the ‘world leaders’ want it to be; it’s what we all make it to be. Those people don’t really have power, we give them their power. If we all took that mentality of, ‘I’m going to make the world the way it’s supposed to be, to the best extent that I can do it’, true change could happen.”

    An in-demand collaborator, Washington will also appear on Florence and The Machine’s upcoming High As Hope, as well as on Herbie Hancock’s forthcoming album. Last year, Washington played with the likes of St. VincentIbeyi, and Thundercat, and joined Terrace Martin’s all-star collective The Pollyseeds.


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    Heaven and Earth Tracklist: 

    01. Fists of Fury
    02. Can You Hear Him
    03. Hubtones
    04. Connections
    05. Tiffakonkae
    06. The Invincible Youth
    07. Testify
    08. One of One

    09. The Space Travelers Lullaby
    10. Vi Lua Vi Sol
    11. Street Fighter Mas
    12. Song for the Fallen
    13. Journey
    14. The Psalmnist
    15. Show Us the Way
    16. Will You Sing