Guest Playlist: Sons of Kemet
Shabaka Hutchings from the mighty Sons of Kemet have selected this week’s guest playlist ahead of their intimate show at Borderless, Battersea Arts Centre on 11th August. The quartet are leading a re-galvanised UK jazz scene, electrifying audiences across Europe and beyond with their energetic and intellectual performances.
As a spiritually led, conceptual and conscious outfit themselves, they have selected a fine playlist of songs that reflect their influences, tastes and what truly gets them gassed. With tracks that span the globe from the UK’s Wiley to America’s Death Grips, and Ghanaian King Ayisoba to South Africa’s Itai Hakim, this is an assortment that will expand your horizons like it has ours.
SAUL WILLIAMS - THE NOISE CAME FROM HERE
"Saul Williams’ music is so layered, the kind of sounds where I feel like I get more out of the greater meaning of the music the more I approach it."
UNITED VIBRATIONS - GROW
"I’ve loved UV for years now, they’re my favourite UK band hands down. They bring everything I like to their music - African/jazz influences, political discourse, realness!!!!"
AB-SOUL - TERRORIST THREATS
"Possibly my favourite hip hop video. Lyrics totally on point!!! If all the gangs in the world unified, we'd stand a chance against the military tonight."
KING AYISOBA - WICKED LEADERS
"This is the song every person in the UK needs to hear right now."
JJ DOOM - GUV’NOR
"Doom manages to rhyme Eyjafjallajökull (the Icelandic volcano that masked Europe a few years ago)...try to pronounce it then let that fact sink in…"
WILEY - SEND ME THE RIDDIM
"This song contains so much science. I’ve learnt the lyrics word for word and practice my sax lines along with it. His flow and phrasing is so on point."
DEATH GRIPS - TRU THE WALLS
"Intergalactic soca on crack!!!! I love it."
DEGO AND KAIDI - DON’T REMAIN THE SAME
"Dego and Kaidi are two of the most important musicians to come out this country for me. This song gets me on so many levels."
ITAI HAKIM FT. THE BROTHER MOVES ON - NI SONGO GELA
"My main peeps from South Africa, killer tune."
FREE THE ROBOTS - CLOCKS AND DAGGERS
NAT BIRCHALL - SONG TO THE DIVINE MOTHER
"Nat is one of the most under-heralded sax players out of this country, which is surprising given the largeness of this album."