The Smile, a new venture by Thom Yorke and his bandmate Jonny Greenwood with drummer Tom Skinner, a member of Sons of Kemet, and production by their inseparable Nigel Godrich. Their debut single, You Will Never Work in Television Again, pitches an unexpected flash of rock that seems to be in tune with the memory of The Bends, although everybody knows that in a mirror labyrinth of mirrors not everything is as it seems. They’ve just released their debut album A Light for Attracting Attention.
Sons of Kemet, the Mercury Prize-nominated future jazz group spearheaded by saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings, have announced their new album: it’s called Black To The Future and arrives on May 14 through Impulse! Records.
“Hustle” marks the group’s first new outing in three years, after their 2018 album Your Queen is a Reptile, and is accompanied by a Ashleigh Jadee-directed video. The new track also features backing vocals from Lianne La Havas.
In recent years, the most vital, inclusive, and innovative jazz scene on earth has shifted east across the Atlantic to London, and the figure that stands atop this revolution is saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings and his band Sons of Kemet. The Birmingham-raised Hutchings spent the formative years of his youth in Barbados, an island rife with reminders of Britain’s colonial history, where the budding artist first picked up the saxophone and where the seeds of his creative aesthetic in the roots of the African diaspora were planted.
Now British scene superstar Hutchings brings his saxophone, tuba, and double drums quartet, performing music from their Impulse! Records debut, Your Queen is a Reptile.