Shabazz Palaces have added a little (or a lot) of their crazy magic to a track off Philadelphia rapper and producer Lushlife’s recent Plateau Vision release. The track, “Hale-Bopp Was The Bedouins,” features Das Racist’s Heems along with Fly Guy Dai and Thadillac. Shabazz Palaces’ own Palaceer throws down a verse in the remixed version as well. Check out the remix (and the original below) right here:
I would tell an April Fools joke here, but I’m just not that funny. Instead, we got a nice six pack of tunes for what might amount to be the most versatile Sounds From The Astral Plane yet. Don’t have much time for words today, but all these are well worth a listen. That Supreme Cuts joint has been on repeat all week.
Stream/Download: Spank Rock feat. Santigold – “Car Song” (Shabazz Palaces Remix)
Stream: Insightful – “Bagel Mold”
Stream/Download: Sigur Ros – “Ekki Mukk” (D33J Remix)
Download: Supreme Cuts – “Lessons In Darkness (Apology)” (Via XLR8R)
Stream/Download: Cities Aviv – “Normal Immortal”
For the past few months, we’ve been pretty excited about the release of the new album from Seattle avant-soul lady-duo THEESatisfaction. You already heard “QueenS” and “Enchantruss,” which were impressive on their own, but the entire album is very strong and never boring. The album, titled “awE naturalE,” was entirely produced by the ladies themselves, Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White, better known as Stas and Cat. Shabazz Palaces are also featured on two tracks, which makes for an unbeatable combination of groove and flow utterly unique to the two groups. One thing is for sure, THEESatisfaction are unlike anything you’ve heard before, and that plays undeniably to their advantage as they attempt to distance themselves from today’s well-known hip-hop artists. Additionally, it should be noted that Stas and Cat put on a fantastic live show, and we can’t wait to see what they have for us at Sasquatch this year. Stream the album right here via NPR.
Last month, we brought you THEESatisfaction‘s new track, “QueenS“, in anticipation of their upcoming album, awE NaturalE. The full album is set to be released on March 27th, and today, we bring you another single off the album. This one is called “Enchantruss,” and it features the duo’s trademark mellow, soul-fused overlapping vocals and slightly dissonant harmonies. The track includes a fantastic appearance by Shabazz Palaces. Both of these incredible groups will be performing at Sasquatch! in May, and you won’t want to miss either one, because they are some of the most unique and downright interesting musical artists out there right now. Listen to “Enchantruss” right here:
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A few days ago, I heard about a release called Gloss Drops 1 made up of two remixes of tracks off of experimental rock group Battles‘ latest album. The two remixes, by Gui Borrato and The Field, were solid, but uninspiring. At the time, I had no idea there would be a Gloss Drops 2. That was why I was so excited to wake up this morning to the news that Gloss Drops 2 will feature remixes from some of my favorite artists around, and that each of those artists come from completely different worlds. The first remix is from avant-rap virtuosos Shabazz Palaces. I’m not too familiar with Battles, beyond witnessing their incredibly strange live show, so I didn’t know the original of “White Electric,” but Shabazz’s remix is outstanding. The track features Ish’s trademark droned out raps over a plodding, guitar driven beat and would be a real treat to see the track performed live. The second and third remixes from Gloss Drops 2 have yet to surfaced, but they should be equally exciting. The first is by The Alchemist. Yes, that Alchemist. East Coast boom bap legend. Last seen collaborating with Oh No on Vodka & Ayuhuasca. The third is by Kode9, Hyperdub representative and London dubstep legend. Not just any dubstep legend, but the type that makes the turtlenecked crowd bitching about Skrillex wet their pants. I never thought the day would come that I would see artists from such distinctly different parts of the popular music world collide like this, but here it is. Gloss Drops 2 will be released on February 21st by Warp Records. Stream Shabazz’s remix below.
Shabazz Palaces have made quite the impression over the last year or so since the unheralded release of their first EP in select Seattle record stores. 2011′s Black Up was a resounding success, and the duo is now one of the most critically acclaimed groups in both the hip hop and Pitchfork crowds. Part of the Shabazz appeal is their unique visual aesthetic and today, we are graced with visuals for Black Up standout “are you… can you… were you? (felt).” The video features some beautiful Seattle imagery, a beautiful protagonist, and more. As if the video isn’t enough to satiate our need for savant, the duo announced a few dozen new tour dates across the US, Canada and Europe. Check out the full list of tour dates after the jump and expect some more words on the current state of music videos in the near future.
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Shabazz Palaces, the duo of Palaceer Lazaro (Butterfly of Digable Planets) and Tendai Maraire, came out of nowhere in 2010, releasing two EP’s to a select few Seattle record stores. The EP’s, Of Light and Shabazz Palaces, barely even had an indicator of who made them, but they soon became some of the hottest hip hop releases the Northwest has ever seen. In 2011, the duo released their full length debut, Black Up, which became every Pitchforkian’s favorite hip hop album of the year and graced dozens of year end best album lists. While many details about Shabazz have been unveiled since 2010 (no one even knew who made up the group at the time), they still have an air of mystery surrounding them, and their avant-garde is unmatched in today’s music landscape. Shabazz peformed at San Francisco’s Treasure Island Music Festival in October (a fairly underwhelming performance, although they were given a pretty awful time slot) and briefly spoke to Google Music about their creative process, and the universal nature of “black.”