Sons Of Kemet are born of many vital elements – including a name that nods to ancient Egyptian culture, and a line-up that comprises some of the most progressive 21st-century talents in British jazz and beyond. Band-leader, composer and sax and clarinet don Shabaka Hutchings (himself named after a Nubian pharaoh-philosopher) brings together his fiery vision alongside London-based bandmates Tom Skinner and Seb Rochford (forming a dynamo duo on drums here) and latest addition Theon Cross (taking over from Oren Marshall on tuba).
South African rockers Prime Circle amp up their signature expansive sound on their seventh studio album, If You Don’t You Never Will. The stadium-sized choruses on "Love to Hate" dovetail with the insistent rhythms of "Innocence" and the anthemic scale of first single “The Gift", propelled by Ross Learmonth's go-for-broke baritone, Dirk Bisschoff's ringing guitar and Dale Schnettler's raw, commanding drumwork. But the multiple SAMA-winning band also finds a way to bring that intensity to their quieter moments—as in the hushed warmth of the album's closing track, "More or Less”.