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Sons of Kemet release the best British jazz album in some time / Under the Radar

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If you spend enough time in London, avoiding the overtly upper-class locations and just take in the atmosphere and culture of the city at large, you can begin to understand the inspiration behind its music scene.  The most marginalized genre this side of country, for a current millennial generation, is undoubtedly jazz. Drop that term into a conversation at a party and you're undoubtedly going to be hit by raised eyebrows and unimpressed glances before finding yourself surrounded by considerably less people than before you brought it up. But, as with grime over the last few years, jazz has enjoyed a significant overhaul in public image, to the point where (whisper it), it may even be considered "cool." Kamasi Washington's exploits on albums with Kendrick Lamar, Run the Jewels, and Thundercat can be to thank for this from an American standpoint, but for British listeners, it's pretty much been GoGo Penguin and a great album from The Comet Is Coming-another band lead by Shabaka Hutchings, the principle force behind Sons of Kemet-to shout about for a while now. Thankfully, with the release of Your Queen Is a Reptile, Sons of Kemet can now be considered in similar breathes to all of these artists, having released the best British jazz album for a considerable amount of time.

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