Your Queen is a Reptile

Sons of Kemet - Your Queen is a Reptile
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2018 Ratings: #88 / 760
Year End Rank: #32
User Score
Based on 415 ratings
2018 Ratings: #31
Liked by 1 person
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.


This is seriously the most exciting jazz album I've heard in my life, holy shit.

It's rich in instrumentals, melodies and style.
This is that Afro-Jazz shit, that slight African inspired sound.

I fucks with that. Africa is my home.
I find myself talking about this album way more than I realize. Whenever music in a conversation comes up this is always one of my recommendations. Sons of Kemet with their afro beats, intense melodies, intense political messages, and just.....the VIBE. It's left a bigger impact on me than even I realize.
Sons of kermit
Everyone: This is jazz aoty 2018

Me, an intellectual : makaya mccraven ๐Ÿ˜ค๐Ÿ˜ค๐Ÿ˜ค๐Ÿ˜ค
The prolific Shabaka Hutchings (Melt Yourself Down, The Shabaka And The Ancestors, The Comet Is Coming...) returns in 2018 with one of his many projects, Sons Of Kemet. "Your queen is a reptile" is a concept album denouncing the imperialism and injustice of the British monarchy. They celebrate here other queens, each track paying homage to a woman, who have all led resistance movements. The music of Son of Kemet, has its source in the heart of Africa from the rhythms of Nigeria to the ... 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