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Your Queen Is A Reptile


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Format: LP, Vinyl
Grade: New (About gradings)
Number of discs: 2
SKU: 54559
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Band-leader, composer and sax and clarinettist Shabaka Hutchings is joined by London-based bandmates Tom Skinner, Seb Rochford and latest addition Theon Cross to deliver the third album from Sons Of Kemet, ‘Your Queen Is A Reptile’. Politically and socially charged lyrics collide with the angular new-jazz-from-beyond across the 9 tracks on offer here. The influences and inspirations are many here with each title referring to a strong afro woman from times near and far. The thumping ‘My Queen Is Harriet Tubman’ mixes the carnival vibes of the Caribbean with New Orleans brass lines, ‘My Queen Is Angela Davis’ again has that Crescent City second line vibe but with a more urgent East African groove running throughout, the Fela-esque afrobeat of ‘My Queen Is Yaa Asantewaa’ is a highlight, the Hi-life rhythms of ‘My Queen Is Albertina Sisulu’ and the scattered, chaotic ‘My Queen Is Doreen Lawrence’ are both engaging while ‘My Queen Is Anna Julia Cooper’ is a restrained, slow burner that grows and builds. Superb album – one to give your undivided attention.

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