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Sons Of Kemet 'My Queen Is Harriet Tubman.' An incendiary blast of soca and skronk / Pitchfork

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A recent post from Shabaka Hutchings' Instagram shows the jazz artist playing a clarinet over Dizzee Rascal's "Space," and right behind him loom portraits of Malcolm X and the saxophonist Dexter Gordon. The brief video is a great triangulation of the Barbados-raised, London-based multi-instrumentalist's interests: He's deeply immersed in the bebop tradition, well-versed in trenchant political thought, and very down with UK grime. In Sons of Kemet, Hutchings' quartet with the tuba player Theon Cross and the drummers Tom Skinner and Eddie Hick, all these strains burst forth.

The first single off their Impulse! Records debut, Your Queen Is a Reptile, "My Queen Is Harriet Tubman" is an incendiary blast of high-energy Caribbean soca rhythms and skronking jazz uplift.     READ THE FULL Pitchfork REVIEW