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Afrofuturist, cosmic hip-hop experimentalists Shabazz Palaces release their third full-length for Seattle’s Sub Pop label. Here, the group’s lore is at its most dense and intriguing, their sound resides in both the past and the future simultaneously, and their list of collaborators continuously expands; Julian Casablancas and Thundercat are just two of the acts along for the ride. Available on limited coloured as well as classic black vinyl, CD and cassette.

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Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star by Shabazz Palaces
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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 11 July 2017

One of two Shabazz Palaces albums out this week. I don't know which is meant to be the 'one' and which the companion. They may both be the 'one'. You can have more than one 'ones' can't you? Aaaaaanyway that's given me enough time to worm my way into the futurist afro funk influenced hip-hop on view here.

Hip-hop records are normally harder to review than indie rock as they are so damn inventive so it's more difficult to get away with the kind of lazy pigeonholing we normally peddle. The opening couple of tracks are low down and dirty  - kind of sleazy belly level slinks with vocals lines twisting in and out but then comes 'Shining Light'. Fuck this is excellent. A superb insta-familiar string sample elevates the album out of it's previous misery and despite Ishmael Butler's attempt to bring the mood down with some spat out vocals the track has enough melodicisms to glisten like the time Dilla produced Pharcyde. And then it ends far too early  - idiots. But Shabazz are too restless to be content with milking one great track. They head off in multiple directions, the combination of Butler's vocals and Tendai "Baba" Maraire's inventive arrangements is one which reaps continual rewards. 'Eel Dreams' is a lovely piece of underwater funk, a wobbling whirring piece which exemplifies the otherworldly dreamy nature of this record. Palaces constantly surprise with their instrumental touches and keep everything murky and dissonant. 'Parallax' in particular is downright weird and so off kilter it throws the listener for a curveball but generally the band operate in a dream-like state.

Like waking up, drugged to the eyeballs with the radio playing George Clinton in a fishtank.  


Shabazz Palaces - Shine a Light (feat. Thaddillac) [LYRIC VIDEO] - YouTube



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