London jazz fusion extraordinaires Sons Of Kemet have returned with Kojey Radical’s exemplary assistance for their new single, ‘Hustle’.
The track is the lead single from the group’s upcoming fourth studio album, Black To The Future, which arrives on May 14th through Impulse Records. Sons of Kemet is the brainchild of Shabaka Hutchings, and the forthcoming record is the band’s first since 2018’s Mercury Prize-nominated Your Queen Is A Reptile.
‘Hustle’ is a glorious return delivered with fire, passion and an undeniable display of rhythm from Sons of Kemet alongside Kojey. The unique rapper slots into their sound with ease, as does Lianne La Havas on backing vocals duty.
The track will make you feel compelled to make a difference and give you that fire in your belly to stride to attack the day that lies ahead. While there’s a poetic poignancy to ‘Hustle’, it’s the urgent delivery from Radical that gives that adds layer after layer of gravitas to the song.
Radical chants on the track, “Why ain’t no one tell me peace of mind was pricey /I could dance with the devil but that’s unlikely / Might go broke but that’s unlike me / I was born from the mud with the hustle inside me.”
Speaking about the record, Hutchings says: “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,” he continues. “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.”
Jazz music has made a resurgence over the last few years, and there are few more blissful genres out there. However, when you can make music that both sounds beautiful and has a salient message at its heart like ‘Hustle’, then it’s cause for celebration.