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All communal groove and fiery purpose on Sons of Kemet - My Queen Is Harriet Tubman / SPIN

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Sons of Kemet is a quartet led by Bajan-British saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings, one of the leading lights of London's resurgent contemporary jazz scene. He surrounds himself with an unorthodox lineup-two drummers and a tuba player-and draws heavily from the rolling polyrhythms of the Afro-Caribbean diaspora, both in his hometown and across the ocean. New jazz can be a daunting prospect for casual fans, and though Sons of Kemet have a pedigree that winds through the genre's headier corners, they are also keenly attuned to the power of dance music. "My Queen Is Harriet Tubman," an advance single from the Sons' forthcoming third album Your Queen Is a Reptile, is an ideal introduction to their sound for those who haven't been following thus far: all communal groove and fiery purpose, the kind of jazz record you could contemplate in headphones or throw on at a raucous block party without killing the vibe.

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