Black to the Future, the latest album from Sons of Kemet, reviewed here narrowly miss out on the no. 1 slot in this week's UK official jazz and blues chart. However, the London four-piece make it on to the general UK albums chart at no. 54 although not quite matching expectations earlier in the week because a press release circulating from the issuing label's publicist suggested that the album was looking like it was top 40 bound.
The Kemets, reedist Shabaka Hutchings, Theon Cross on tuba, Eddie Hick and Tom Skinner on drums on the album are joined by guests who include saxist Steve Williamson, multi-instrumentalist Angel Bat Dawid, MC D Double E and poet Moor Mother with spoken word artist Kojey Radical featuring on 'Hustle', Black to the Future also including backing vocals from Lianne La Havas. Dates coming up for Sons of Kemet include Lafayette, London on 14 July, the We out Here festival in Abbot Ripton, Cambs on 19 August and All Points East, London, 27 August.