Your Queen Is a Reptile

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Your Queen Is a Reptile
Sons of Kemet - Your Queen Is a Reptile.jpg
Studio album by
Released30 March 2018 (2018-03-30)
GenreAvant-garde jazz
Length55:34
LabelImpulse!
ProducerShabaka Hutchings, Dilip Harris
Sons of Kemet chronology
Lest We Forget What We Came Here to Do
(2015)
Your Queen Is a Reptile
(2018)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic81/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Exclaim!8/10[3]
The Independent4/5 stars[4]
The Line of Best Fit9/10[5]
Mojo3/5 stars[6]
MusicOMH4/5 stars[7]
Pitchfork7.6/10[8]
The Times3/5 stars[9]
Uncut8/10[10]
Under the Radar8.5/10[11]

Your Queen Is a Reptile is the third album by British jazz group Sons of Kemet, released in March 2018 on Impulse! Records. Band leader Shabaka Hutchings wrote and plays saxophone on all tracks, Theon Cross plays tuba, and Seb Rochford and Tom Skinner play drums. It also features toaster Congo Natty and performance poet Josh Idehen.[12]

The album title and sleeve notes refer to the British monarchy and how it does not represent black immigrants; "Your Queen is not our Queen / She does not see us as human". Instead the track titles all refer to influential black women throughout history.[8] The first woman, Ada Eastman, was Hutchings' great grandmother from Barbados.[13]

Your Queen Is a Reptile was nominated for the 2018 Mercury Prize.[14] The album topped The Wire magazine's annual critics' poll and was named release of the year.[15]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "My Queen Is Ada Eastman" – 6:41
  2. "My Queen Is Mamie Phipps Clark" – 5:31
  3. "My Queen Is Harriet Tubman" – 5:40
  4. "My Queen Is Anna Julia Cooper" – 5:07
  5. "My Queen Is Angela Davis" – 6:35
  6. "My Queen Is Nanny of the Maroons" – 6:44
  7. "My Queen Is Yaa Asantewaa" – 7:04
  8. "My Queen Is Albertina Sisulu" – 5:20
  9. "My Queen Is Doreen Lawrence" – 6:52

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Your Queen Is A Reptile by Sons of Kemet". Metacritic. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  2. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Your Queen Is a Reptile – Sons of Kemet". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  3. ^ Bauer, Matt (20 April 2018). "Sons of Kemet: Your Queen Is A Reptile". Exclaim!. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  4. ^ O'Connor, Roisin; Hasted, Nick; Kaplan, Ilana (28 March 2018). "Album reviews: Kacey Musgraves, The Vaccines, Kate Nash, Frankie Cosmos, Sons of Kemet, Mount Eerie". The Independent. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  5. ^ Law, Seb (26 March 2018). "Sons of Kemet make jazz for the 21st century". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  6. ^ Waring, Charles (April 2018). "Sons of Kemet: Your Queen Is a Reptile". Mojo (293): 87.
  7. ^ McClean, Brianna (3 April 2018). "Sons Of Kemet – Your Queen Is A Reptile". MusicOMH. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  8. ^ a b Bloom, Madison (30 March 2018). "Sons of Kemet: Your Queen Is a Reptile". Pitchfork. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  9. ^ Bungey, John (6 April 2018). "Jazz review: Nels Cline 4: Currents, Constellations; Sons of Kemet: Your Queen is a Reptile". The Times. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Sons of Kemet: Your Queen Is a Reptile". Uncut (253): 35. June 2018.
  11. ^ Watkins, Michael (10 May 2018). "Sons of Kemet: Your Queen Is a Reptile (Impulse!)". Under the Radar. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  12. ^ May, Chris (21 February 2018). "Sons of Kemet: Your Queen Is A Reptile". All About Jazz. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Premiere: Sons Of Kemet – 'My Queen Is Ada Eastman'". Clash Magazine. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  14. ^ 26-07-2018 (2018-07-26). "See the 2018 Shortlist". Mercuryprize.com. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
  15. ^ "2018 Rewind: Releases of the Year 1–50". The Wire. No. 419. London. January 2019. p. 32 – via Exact Editions. (subscription required)