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Sons Of Kemet - Your Queen Is A Reptile is ferocious / musicOMH

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Your Queen Is A Reptile, the new release from Sons Of Kemet, is ferocious. This tightly crafted album is an apparatus for robust political dialogue, as band-leader and composer Shabaka Hutchings weaves a narrative of revisionist black history. Addressing the British Monarchy, the Sons reject the notion that some are born better, and the idolatry of the British Queen. Instead, Hutchings here presents an alternative: his own Queens.

With their inclusion of rap and elements of dub, it is easy to see why Hutchings and the Sons Of Kemet are feted well beyond the contemporary jazz scene. The unique instrumentation, cross-genre exploration and agile thematic expression are bracing. It makes you want to dance, mourn and hold a political protest all at once, and it seems entirely fitting that for their third album, the group has joined the legendary label Impulse, known for names such as Charles Mingus, John Coltrane and Pharaoh Sanders, creators who reaped benefits from fearless experimentation.