SoTD: July 28, 2014
Shabazz Palaces, “They Come in Gold”
If you close your eyes and squint really hard into the middle distance, you can kind of make out Seattle experimental hip-hoppers Shabazz Palaces where Digable Planets used to be. Which makes sense, since Palaceer Lazaro (nee Ishmael Butler) used to go by the handle “Butterfly” when he was a part of that pioneering crew.
The new album, Lese Majesty, appears to be only marginally related to the collective’s 2011 debut, Black Up, consisting as it does of seven different song “suites” of varying length (totaling 18 tracks organized by semi-theme). One critic, upon hearing the entire thing for the first time, suggested there was “No need for drugs, or even the dazzling light show, since the music’s fathoms-deep dubscapes and strategically predatory beats equaled the angular and smoky psychedelic visuals—each track already dazzled by a universe of deep-space stars, clouds of galactic gases, and the bright trails of wandering balls of ice.”
It’s like that. Seatown, represent. (CdB)