NEW MUSIC: “They Come In Gold” – Shabazz Palaces

Shabazz Palaces - They Come In Gold

New sounds from Shabazz Palaces means a necessary re-ordering of your earhole understanding. “They Come In Gold” is the shimmering new sample from SP’s upcoming Lese Majesty (due stateside July 29), a “7 suite, 18 track sonic mythmap of new black wave and ghetto psychedelics”. Easy for you to say, press release. “They Come In Gold” can be both a question and a statement. Adjust your cognizance accordingly.

Lese Majesty tracklist below is courtesy of our friends at Sub Pop, and more info is available here via Pitchfork.

Suite 1: “The Phasing Shift”:
1. “Dawn In Luxor”
2. “Forerunner Foray”
3. “They Come In Gold”

Suite 2: “Touch & Agree”:
4. “Solemn Swears”
5. “Harem Aria”
6. “Noetic Noiromantics”

7. “The Ballad of Lt. Major Winnings”

Suite 3: “Palace War Council Meeting”:
8. “Soundview”
9. “Ishmael”
10. “Down 155th In The MCM Snorkel”

Suite 4: “Pleasure Milieu”:
11. “Divine Of Form”
12. “#Cake”

Suite 5: “Federal Bureau Boys”:
13. “Colluding Oligarchs”
14. “Suspicion Of A Shape”

Suite 6: “High Climb To The Gallows”
15. “Mind Glitch Keytar Theme”
16. “Motion Sickness”

Suite 7: “Murkings On The Oxblood Starway”:
17. “New Black Wave”
18. “Sonic Myth Map For The Trip Back”


VIDEO: “Iridescent Asteroid Mists” – Vox Mod (feat. Palaceer Lazaro)

And while we’re on a Palaceer Lazaro cameo trip…

This here is the video for “Iridescent Asteroid Mists,” the opening track to Vox Mod’s recent Syn-Aesthetic which you can spin below. The track is full of bright synth and electronic thump, perfect for your at-home or work commute headphone space. The Palaceer lends a fresh old school flow to the proceedings.

VM reaches for the cosmic and metaphysical in the descriptions for each of Syn-Aesthetic‘s tracks, and for this particular joint he has this to say: “Ishmael Butler aka Palaceer Lazaro of Shabazz Palaces describes multidimensional celestial visions.”


NEW MUSIC: “A Toast to Frame and Ro” – Chimurenga Renaissance (feat. Palaceer Lazaro)

Chimurenga Renaissance

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Chimurenga Renaissance is a side project of Tendai Maraire’s who you already know as one part of Shabazz Palaces. Do a little light internet digging to find the meaning of “chimurenga” and you’re on your way toward enlightenment. Listen to CR’s Pungwe mixtape (which actually dropped last fall) to take another step.

“A Toast to Frame and Ro” features Tendai’s SP partner, Palaceer Lazaro, and it might be the hardest, most beautifulest thing in Seattle rap this year.



DOWNLOAD: “Wildfire (Drumma Boy Remix)” – SBTRKT (feat. Little Dragon & Shabazz Palaces)

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Admittedly I don’t know much about SBTRKT. You would think because I spotted this downloadable remix of their song “Wildfire” over at Pitchfork today that I would — they are favored by Williamsburg kids and their ill-fitting grandpa slacks, after all. Anyway, it’s notable (for me) because of the Shabazz Palaces feature. Not sure how Palaceer Lazaro’s inimitable flow wound up on this mostly mediocre mood piece (along with Little Dragon), but whatever. Anything SP is worth noting these days.

Click here to download the track.


REVIEW: Black Up – Shabazz Palaces

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Two years ago…

An unsolicited email from a stranger. An exchange of contact information. The arrival of a mysterious package containing two enigmatic CD’s, the contents of which were bafflingly abstruse then, and continue to be now. This is one story, in brief, of how Shabazz Palaces came to exist in this writer’s musical conscious. There are other stories, too, but they are immaterial to the individual experience. As Palaceer Lazaro, the lead creative voice of SP says explicitly on Black Up, the group’s debut full-length album: “It’s a feeling.” These are words worth paying attention to. Do you remember how you felt the first time you heard Shabazz Palaces? If so, put all of your questions about the music and perceived answers to the side, for feeling Black Up is really all that matters.

(Click here to continue reading at SSG Music.)

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VIDEO: “Vans Syndicate” – Flying Lotus feat. Shabazz Palaces

Probably the most artistic and well-conceived skate shoe commercial you’ll ever see. Thank the ethereal sounds of Flying Lotus, esoteric presence of SP’s Palaceer Lazaro, and visionary direction of Kahlil Joseph for that. I was never a skater, but this makes me wish I had been.

Has a black-and-white Seattle ever looked more striking?

(Via Potholes In My Blog)


DOWNLOAD: “an echo from the hosts that profess infinitum” – Shabazz Palaces

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Ghostly electronic wails. Low end that rattles trunks as violently as any bass track, ever. An mbira interlude that carries more emotional weight than most rappers’ entire albums. A taunting Palaceer Lazaro repeating the question, “Who do you think you are?” — less an inquiry, and more a condemnation of the nebula of wackness that exists throughout hip-hop’s far-reaching universe.

Shabazz Palaces defies explanation. You don’t interpret its music. You exist in it. Black Up coming May 31, 2011.

Press Play to hear the new joint. Click here to get it for free.