Herein bumps and soars 'Lese Majesty', the new sonic action of Shabazz Palaces. Honed and primal, chromed and primo. A unique and glorified offering into our ever-uniforming musical soundscape. 'Lese Majesty' is a beatific war cry, born of a spell, acknowledging that sophistication and the instinctual are not at odds; Indeed an undoing of the lie of their disparate natures.
'Lese Majesty' is not a launching pad for the group's fan base increasing propaganda. It is a series of astral suites, recorded happenings, shared. A dare to dive deep into Shabazz Palaces sounds, vibrations unfettered. A dope-hex thrown from the compartments that have artificially contained us all and hindered our sublime collusion.
These reveries were sent to Palaceer Lazaro and Fly Guy 'Dai in the year of gun beat battles in excess; In a succession of days, whilst walking in dreams and in varied transcendental states.. (every minute of every day is filled with observation and composition. In action). Songs are committed and gathered by robots at Protect and Exalt Labs, a Black Space in Seattle, Washington.
The visual features of 'Lese Majesty' are resultant of the gleanings of fellow Constellationaire, Nep Sidhu.
The Black Constellation squads up, protects and exalts the messages within, and colludes accordingly. We thank you.
Photos by Victoria Kovios.
01 Nov, 2017
Shabazz Palaces have delivered a powerful new video for 'Since C.A.Y.A.', the elastic and transportive track from the group's acclaimed 'Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star'. The new visual stars Shabazz Palaces' Palaceer Lazaro with footage shot by director Kahlil Joseph, cinematography by Marcus Reposar, and is helmed by returning collaborator Stephan Gray ('Dawn in Luxor').
DIY calls the 'Since C.A.Y.A.' video "glitchy and disquieting... The Thundercat - featuring track gets a black and white visual to match; all crashing waves, pixelated distortion, foreboding tunnels, and writhing snakes."
'Since C.A.Y.A.' features dazzlingly funky bass licks by the magnificent Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner and was produced by Knife Knights (aka Ishmael Butler and Erik Blood), recorded and mixed by Blood at Protect and Exalt Labs: A Black Space in Seattle.
23 Oct, 2017
Shabazz Palaces were featured on NPR's 'Tiny Desk Concerts'.
17 Aug, 2017
Shabazz Palaces share their new video for 'Shine A Light' featuring Thaddillac, taken from the album 'Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star', out now on Sub-Pop.
See Shabazz Palaces on tour in the UK & Europe throughout October & November.
10 Aug, 2017
Shabazz Palaces will play at Oval Space in Hackney, London with special guest from Awate.
10 Aug, 2017
Garaj in Istanbul, Turkey has announced it's Autumn line up, which includes shows by Primary Talent International artists. See their artist pages for details.
10 Aug, 2017
Shabazz Palaces discuss their two new Sub Pop albums, 'Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star' & 'Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines' in Guardian Music.
28 Jul, 2017
Shabazz Palaces present a new video for 'Welcome to Quararz' from their album 'Quararz vs. The Jealous Machines' out now on Sub Pop.
08 Jun, 2017
Shabazz Palaces preview a new track 'Julian's Dream (ode to a bad)' featuring The Shogun Shot, from their forthcoming album 'Quazarz vs The Jealous Machines'. Released on Sub Pop Records on 14th July.
22 Feb, 2017
Both Kelsey Lu & Ishmael Butler from Shabazz Palaces star in the short film 'Music Is My Mistress' from Kahlil Joseph.
28 Jul, 2014
Amongst Guardian Music's 'Five New Albums To Hear This Week' are new releases from:
...Shabazz Palaces - 'Lese Majesty' (Sub-Pop)
...Alvvays - 'Alvvays' (Transgressive)