Three years on from the release of Mercury Prize nominated album Your Queen Is A Reptile, Sons of Kemet have a new album on the way entitled Black to the Future. Slated for a May 14th release through Impulse Records, Black to the Future features guest contributions from artists like Angel Bat Dawid, Moor Mother, D Double E, and Steve Williamson. Speaking about the album, bandleader Shabaka Hutchings had this to say:
“Black to the Future is a sonic poem for the invocation of power, remembrance and healing. It depicts a movement to redefine and reaffirm what it means to strive for Black power. The meaning is not universal and the cultural context of the listener will shape their understanding. Yet in the end, the overarching message remains the same: For humanity to progress we must consider what it means to be Black to the Future.”
Along with the news, Sons of Kemet have shared the wild, groovy and powerful lead single ‘Hustle’, featuring Kojey Radical and Liane la Havas. ‘Hustle’ comes with a video directed by Ashleigh Jadee and features Taitlyn and Kaylee Jaiy. About the video, Hutching added:
“The dancers represent the duality present within any struggle to transcend internal limitations. As the video progresses, we see that it’s only once the differing elements of the self are reconciled and act in unison that rebirth (symbolized by the immersion in water) can occur.”
We’ve been listening to ‘Hustle’ over and over again. Here it is.