Sons of Kemet - Black To The Future
May 15, 2021
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Black to the Future textures Sons of Kemets' worldview through an unconventional jazz lens. They eschew expectations of the genre here through a more Afro-Caribbean emphasis on drums, horn hooks and brass.

The varied and layered arrangements feel both laid back and urgent, and balanced by great sequencing. Joshua Idehen introduces and hits the racial justice message home with a powerful delivery that invites inner reflection but his words feel short-sighted. The instrumental tracks prove the music itself is strong enough to make a statement and Black to the Future, while a well-executed album overall, ultimately could have done without some of the guests involved.
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