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If there was something that I never expected Sub-Pop to start trading in, that thing was hip-hop. Now with them brandishing the second SB album, shaking it in my gormless face and the impressive Clipping. CD jammed in my back pocket, I'm now skipping down the road like a lunatic singing a stupid song about the dawning of a new age of subversive weirdo rap. There's nothing even a tad indie or grunge here kids. This is true progress!
I think these lads is from Seattle; there's tons of articles out there about SB nowadays as predecessor 'Black Up' made real waves. I know one chap was in respected outré jazzy rappers Digable Planets and the other guy's old man was a "master of the mbira", a thumb piano. That doesn't prepare you for the sultry, sharp and sonically remarkable vibes here. I'm reminded of Flying Lotus in spots, cLOUDDEAD in others.....although the difficult and somewhat alienating abstractions of many such circa millennial underground producers have been subsumed by a need to retain the funk, the groove without sacrificing pure intelligence and visionary, daring production concepts.
As a non-intellectual consumer of music, I'm merely left gob-smacked at the sheer kaleidoscopic level of invention here. The flow is immaculate, brooding and celestial. Divided into seven suites, Shabazz Palaces not-difficult second album is a cryptic maze of moody, cosmic futurism that won't piss your house guests off.
Time to bin those Anti-Pop Consortium records now. You can keep 'Ghost Lawns' though. 'Lese Majesty' is every bit as enjoyable and interesting as their lauded début.
9/10 joe Customer review, 24th October 2014
Does anyone know who we are? does anyone know why we are here? Does anyone know what our true path is? Tired of mainstream pop garbage bombarding your soul with damaging audio radiation? Then take a trip into the astral planes with Shabazz Palaces and let the soothing sounds of extra terrestrial vibes heal your poor spirit! This is music to open your 3rd eye. This is music for meditation. This is music to unite people of planets. Shhhh!.... listen! I can hear colors in the melodies! They are here...
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