AOTY 2018

Your Queen is a Reptile

Sons of Kemet - Your Queen is a Reptile
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2018 Ratings: #78 / 705
Year End Rank: #18
User Score
Based on 234 ratings
2018 Ratings: #21
March 30, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Impulse!, Verve / Label
Jazz / Genres
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The Line of Best Fit

The richness of the source material and the deftness of interplay of each member of the band ensures that Your Queen is a Reptile leaves you with a sense of having been a part of something truly special.

Under The Radar
An immaculately conceived record, the latest from Sons of Kemet is proof that British jazz is alive and well and, even beyond that, may be one of the best cultural tools we have in fighting the oppressive and deeply troubling political landscape that appears to be forming in the west, of late.
The Independent

This album’s intricate, pressurised urgency keeps Sons of Kemet at that movement’s head.


Your Queen Is a Reptile is easily Sons of Kemet's most compelling outing. It offers inspired stylistic contrasts, canny improvisation, and killer charts. It's tight, furious, joyous, and inspirational.


A highly listenable album with an audibly beating heart, which deserves to be played so loudly that the neighbours complain.

The Needle Drop

Your Queen Is a Reptile should go down as one of the most exhilarating and revolutionary jazz records of 2018.


Your Queen Is A Reptile is 55 minutes of ecstatic insurgency.


For Hutchings, jazz’s cultural memory is not just something to recite, but a rich language that informs an entirely new conversation.

Good jazz music nowadays is hard to come by, but thankfully we have been blessed here with this rhythmic and transfixing record. Each of the song titles of "Your Queen is a Reptile" depicts each woman who dealt with segregation. The musicianship here is stellar, dealing with rich sounds of afro-jazz and some Caribbean music that keeps the grooves consistent. My only cons with this record is that not all songs here are great. Tracks such as My Queen Is Ada Eastman and My Queen is ... read more
Sons of Kemet's new album, 'Your Queen is a Reptile' takes aim at the British Monarchy, providing an excellent commentary through its rhythms and vocals.

Favourite tracks: My Queen is Ada Eastman, My Queen is Harriet Tubman

move aside Kamasi, at a little more than a quarter of the the length, Sons of Kemet succeed here with a record fuzing jazz, reggae, hip hop and world music to an extravagant degree. It's exciting, engaging, familial, inspiratory and succinct. Deeply thematic and political, I feel like I'm listening to a jazz album with real character when most others can really fall into the background after a while. And it really makes you want to get out of your ... read more
Eu sempre quis escutar e aprender mais com o Jazz, mas me falta a paciencia e a força de adaptação pra entrar com tudo no gênero. Ainda assim, de vez em quando, cai no meu colo um disco como esse e eu só posso agradecer por essa sorte. Que discaço! E que som maluco. Adoro o senso de aventura musical que há aqui: vc pode tanto se deixar levar por tudo que esta acontecendo e mergulhar nesse oceano rítmico/musical, ou vc pode tntar explorar os ... read more
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Track List

  1. My Queen Is Ada Eastman
  2. My Queen Is Mamie Phipps Clark
  3. My Queen Is Harriet Tubman
  4. My Queen Is Anna Julia Cooper
  5. My Queen Is Angela Davis
  6. My Queen Is Nanny of the Maroons
  7. My Queen Is Yaa Asantewaa
  8. My Queen Is Albertina Sisulu
  9. My Queen Is Doreen Lawrence
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Added on: March 27, 2018