Sons of Kemet have shared “Hustle,” a collaboration with Kojey Radical and Lianne La Havas that’s the first single from their new album Black to the Future.
The deeply rhythmic “Hustle” pairs La Havas’ breathy backing vocals with Radical’s rousing poetic delivery. It sets the tone for Sons of Kemet’s new album, which the band has described in a statement as a sonic poem designed to support the fight for Black power, remembrance and healing.
“The meaning is not universal and the cultural context of the listener will shape their understanding,” Sons of Kemet’s Shabaka Hutchings explained. “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.”
Sons of Kemet tapped director Ashleigh Jadee to craft an artistic music video for “Hustle” that depicts two dancers seemingly at odds with each other. According to the band, it represents “the duality present within any struggle to transcend internal limitations—until differing elements of the self are reconciled and act in unison.”
The group’s previous album, 2018’s Your Queen is a Reptile, was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Black to the Future will feature guest appearances from D Double E, Angel Bat Dawid, Joshua Idehen and Moor Mother.
Black to the Future will be released on May 14. Listen to “Hustle” here: