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Sons Of KemetYour Queen Is A Reptile

Label:Impulse! – B0027970-01, Verve Records – B0027970-01
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album
Style:Afrobeat, Contemporary Jazz, Free Improvisation, Avant-garde Jazz


A1My Queen Is Ada Eastman
DrumsSeb Rochford*
VocalsJoshua Idehen
A2My Queen Is Mamie Phipps Clark
DrumsSeb Rochford*
VocalsCongo Natty
B1My Queen Is Harriet Tubman 5:40
B2My Queen Is Anna Julia Cooper
DrumsSeb Rochford*
SaxophonePete Wareham
B3My Queen Is Angela Davis
DrumsSeb Rochford*
C1My Queen Is Nanny Of The Maroons
DrumsSeb Rochford*
C2My Queen Is Yaa Asantewaa
SaxophoneNubya Garcia
D1My Queen Is Albertina Sisulu 5:20
D2My Queen Is Doreen Lawrence 6:52

Companies, etc.



Recorded at Total Refreshment Centre, London, UK (tracks A1, A2, B2, B3, C1, & D2)
and Livingstone Studios, London, UK (tracks B1, C2, & D1)
Mixed at The Crush E14, London, UK
Mastered at Electric Mastering, London, UK

Comes in a gatefold sleeve and includes download code (16/44 WAV).

The labels for side A or side B are switched on some copies.

Limited copies purchased via Resident are signed.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 6 02567 36432 0
  • Rights Society: P.R.S.
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, etched; variant 1): B0027970-01-LP1-A G-1 RM
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, etched; variant 1): B0027970-01-LP1-B G-1 RM
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side C, etched; variant 1): B0027970-01-LP2-A G-1 RM
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side D, etched; variant 1): B0027970-01-LP2-B G-1 RM
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, etched; variant 2): B0027970-01-LP1-AⅡ G-1 RM
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, etched; variant 2): B0027970-01-LP1-BⅡ G-1 RM
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side C, etched; variant 2): B0027970-01-LP2-Aᵅ G-1 RM
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side D, etched; variant 2): B0027970-01-LP2-B G-1 RM

Other Versions (5)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
New Submission
Your Queen Is A Reptile (CD, Album, Stereo)Verve Records, Impulse!00602567364351Europe2018
New Submission
Your Queen Is A Reptile (CD, Album)Impulse!B0027971-02US2018
New Submission
Your Queen Is A Reptile (CD, Album)Impulse!, Verve RecordsUCCI-1042Japan2018
New Submission
Your Queen Is A Reptile (CDr, Album, Promo, Watermarked)Impulse!none2018
New Submission
Your Queen Is A Reptile (9×File, MP3, Album, 256kbps)Impulse!none2018
stereo_mike's profile picture
Thumbing their nose at resurging British nationalism and monarchism, Sons of Kemet present nine pieces of feverish jazz as tributes to nine black women from history they deem more deserving of reverence than our queen. Woven into the album are dozens of other musical styles ranging from funk to grime, all played on the same simple set-up of tuba, sax and drums.
RyanThaTemp's profile picture
Great music, but the pressing is terrible! Hopefully, the CD sounds better. Way too much noise on the vinyl.
D1119's profile picture
This definitely seems like a step up from what the comments here reflect, for the most part. Very dynamic and lively sound, but I'm hearing a hissing that is mostly in the right channel throughout Sides B and C. "Non-fill", perhaps? Not sure what the correct terminology is. It's almost digital-sounding. It doesn't RUIN the record, but it is sort of annoying. Noticeable on headphones especially.
Macrozrix's profile picture
Any info on the pressing quality? I hope it does not sound as the previous one
leadsinger's profile picture
The April 2021 repress has little of the depictions of users here. Perhaps someone at Impulse is looking here or responded to feedback. The twin vinyl slabs are flat, stiff (likely 150gm at least) and noise-free, even on first play without a prior rinse. Your Queen is not as dry sounding, shut-in and dynamically-constricted as their first two albums on Naim Jazz; the obvious benefit of spreading 9 songs over 2 LPs.
andrewd06's profile picture
Very poor quality pressing. Looks to be typical United quality level, which is to say crap. Dimples and wavy formations, edge warp. Disc one appears to be about 150 grams and disc two is a noticeably thicker 180 grams. There is noticeable crackling in the quiet parts.

Mastering wise, there’s nothing exciting going on here. For such awesome percussive music, it’s quite lifeless and lacking in dynamics.

My recommendation is a hard pass. Maybe it will be remastered by someone that knows what they’re doing someday and pressed by a reputable company.

I try to steer clear of all United pressings and can usually find European pressed versions for a few more bucks. Thought I would take a risk and was once again disappointed.
edgeless22's profile picture
Edited 10 months ago
My vinyl sounds pretty ok, although the new Impulse pressings could be better. The sound is dull anyway and it ruind the energy of this album
nauotit's profile picture
Great album but bad pressing.
Both discs are slightly warped.
Strange stained marks on side c as well as some strange scratches.
I bought this copy New and sealed in a record shop so this seems to come from a bad pressing issue.
mortolan's profile picture
Edited one year ago
Horrible pressing with ticks and pops throughout even though the surface looks impeccable. A very audible hiss in the right channel. Slight edge warp to both discs. 'Shame 'cause the music is great.
D1mitrip's profile picture
Great album, all those Queens are wonderful! Good energy as usual with Sons of Kemet!