Shabazz Palaces’ Sub Pop labelmate, Chad VanGaalen, is more than just an insanely prolific and creative songwriter and performer, he’s equally accomplished as an illustrator and animator. He’s done many videos for himself, but he’s also directed videos for other Sub Pop artists like J Mascis and The Head and the Heart. All of which brings us to his latest directorial effort, the music video for Shabazz Palaces’ Lese Majesty track, “Forerunner Foray”, which Gorilla Vs. Bear premiered today.
Take a few minutes to enjoy the cinematic new music video for Shabazz Palaces’ “Motion Sickness” off of their latest record, Lese Majesty, which you can (and frankly, probably should) pick up from Sub Pop here.
Lese Majesty’s been on record store shelves for almost a month and has garnered universal acclaim from critics and fans alike. Today we bring you the first official music video from that record for the album standout #CAKE, a delightful, post-apocalyptic romp. Enjoy.
We here at Sub Pop are absolutely elated to welcome Seattle MC Porter Ray to the family, who’ll release his label debut in 2015. In the interim, if you’re curious (you really, really should be) you can listen to his just-released Fundamentals mixtape through porterray.bandcamp.com.
Porter Ray has earned praise from outlets in Seattle for his three self-released efforts – BLK GLD LP (May 2013); WHT GLD and RSE GLD EP’s (October 2013) – and his live performances. The prolific and ascendant MC caught the attention of Ishmael Butler, Shabazz Palaces’ founder and member of Sub Pop’s A&R team, who brought Ray to the label.
a related note, Porter Ray will support labelmates Shabazz Palaces
tonight, Friday, August 1st with a hometown show at Neumos. You should come. I’ll be there, say hi.
What other, less biased, people have said about Porter Ray:
“A son of Seattle’s Central District, Porter Ray namechecks [Ishmael] Butler and revered Seattle MC Infinite as influences. Appropriately, “5950’s” is 206 from head to toe; named for a model of New Era baseball cap, it’s described as sporting Mariner teal throughout Porter’s stunning debut, BLK GLD. Here, Porter reels off the minutiae of murder, betrayal and narcotic sales with a poetic eye that recalls vintage Nas, tempered with a numb, gray-sky detachment (and aided by a sterling verse from Nate Jack) all over shimmering piano keys, a subdued drum shuffle and quiet-storm rain effects. In this city — built on, around, and seemingly under water — it’s even easier than you’d think to get washed, depending on where you’re standing.” [“5950’s” / Heavy Rotation] - NPR
“Porter’s debut album, BLK GLD, came out last spring, and it is one of the must-downloads of Seattle rap music in 2013. It’s an online song bundle that holds together as a complete musical thought, beats working with the rhymes, to showcase Porter’s sparkling voice—a light, slangy, and relaxed instrument he should be thanking the stars he doesn’t have to go to the trouble of putting on. He has a gift. In conversation, it’s the same voice. That’s just the way Porter sounds. The highlight of BLK GLD is “Blackberry Kush,” a song that’s trippy and rainy like Seattle, and deep and compassionate like Porter.” - The Stranger
firmly structured flow is more vehicle than destination, its strong,
consistent template allowing space for narrative detail. Production,
handled by a committee of seven beatmakers, plays the billowy
background, propped on lush, emotive soul samples.” [RSE GLD / Album of the Month] - City Arts
08.15 - Portland, OR - Redbull Sound Select/Music Festival Northwest w/ Flatbush Zombies
08.17 - Seattle, WA - 95 Slide Rooftop day party w/ JusMoni, Nate Jack
01 Dice Game Diagrams [Ft. D-Bleeze]
02 Ruthie Dean [Ft. Nate Jack]
03 Corner Bop
05 On the Slick [Nate Jack]
06 Fatal Attractions [Ft. Nate Jack]
10 Woman [Alana Belle Interlude]
11 French Kiss [Ft. Alana Belle]
12 Blackcherry [Ft.Cam The Mac]
13 Mind of a Mack
14 Jewelry [Ft. D-Bleeze]
16 Sunrise [Ft. JusMoni]
17 Meditate [Ft. D-Bleeze]
Lese Majesty, Shabazz Palaces’ mind-boggling, dizzying, universally-acclaimed follow-up to their 2011 mind-boggling, dizzying, universally-acclaimed debut record, Black Up, is officially available wherever good records are sold. The record is truly an artistic triumph, and we here at Sub Pop couldn’t be more proud to have released it. If you haven’t had a chance to, maybe take the focus track “#Cake” out for a spin with the embedded player, and then pick up a copy of Lese Majesty from us here at Sub Pop, iTunes, Amazon, or your local independent record store.
July 29th is approaching quickly, and if you’re like many of the people who have already pre-ordered Shabazz Palaces new record, Lese Majesty, from us here at Sub Pop, then you’ve already heard the space-bound ride that is the new song “Forerunner Foray”, because we’re giving all pre-orderers of that record a stream of the record in its entirety. But, if you aren’t one of those well-equipped consumers, than this morning’s Gorilla vs. Bear premiere of the Lese Majesty track is your first go around that mind-bending track. So, head on over there, or press play in the handy embed to hear another piece of the Shabazz Palaces masterpiece, Lese Majesty.