Shabazz Palaces immersive new video for “Dawn In Luxor” - a standout track from the group’s critically acclaimed album Lese Majesty - pairs stunning cinematography and VFX, with footage courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Hubble and Cassini missions. Director Stephan Gray dubs the new visual a “daydream on a nightwalk,” and the result is as mesmerizing as you’d imagine.
ICYMI: Shabazz Palaces previously announced summer tour schedule runs June 4th through September 17th 2016. Highlights include: August 4th and August 8th supporting Radiohead’s Los Angeles shows (!!!) at the Shrine Auditorium; August 13th at Eaux Claires Festival in Eau Claire, Wisconsin; August 27th at Brooklyn’s Afropunk Festival; And three U.S. west coast shows: September 15th-16th in Oakland at Fox Theatre and September 17th at the Hollywood Bowl with Flying Lotus, George Clinton + Parliament Funkadelic and Thundercat.
We’re thrilled to announce that Shabazz Palaceswill join Radiohead as support on the group’s forthcoming Los Angeles shows. The performances will take place on Thursday, August 4th and Monday, August 8th at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
The Radiohead support slots are the latest additions to Shabazz Palaces’ summer festival schedule, which includes: June 4th in Spokane for Volume The Inlander’s Music Festival; June 18th at Vancouver’s Levitation Festival; August 13th at Eaux Claires Festival in Eau Claire, Wisconsin; and Brooklyn’s Afropunk Festival August 27th.
Additionally, Shabazz Palaces will join Flying Lotus, George Clinton + Parliament Funkadelic and Thundercat for three U.S. west coast shows: September 15th-16th in Oakland at Fox Theatre and September 17th at the Hollywood Bowl. (complete dates below.)
These summer tour dates are in support of Lese Majesty, which is available for purchase on CD / 2xLP / CD from Sub Pop Megamart, iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, and an independent retailer near you.
Treat your eyes and ears to a sampling of Shabazz Palaces mind melting videos and music in this YouTube Playlist.
What people are saying about Lese Majesty: Lese Majesty is Shabazz Palaces getting interstellar, a set of intricate, enigmatic, yet meaningful suites complete with an (initially) impenetrable multidimensional blueprint/map connecting it all in the liner notes. Beneath the visuals, the album contends with a strain of Afrofuturism that puts its faith in finding unities in contradictions and clarity in riddles (“I’m having my cake and I’m eating cake,” “facts stated to enhance what is pre-born,” “we try to unreproduce six tension intervals”), reconciling structure and formlessness, forethought and spontaneity….meter-defying breaks and tactile, synthesized bass-church/musique concrète production that turns human language into primordial elements of cosmic influence. It’s humbling stuff that urges you to dance but knows full well that, to do so, you’ll need to relearn new and better steps [50 Best Albums Of 2014] - Pitchfork
“Unlike their previous, also brilliant full-length Black Up, Shabazz Palaces’ new “sonic move” Lese Majesty is not necessarily conducive to absorption in small doses. The record is a massive, dense monolith, divided into suites that only start to make sense after countless repeat listens. It’s a bridge from rap’s beginnings in the early ’70s into its future — structurally, thematically, lyrically, sonically, all of it — that sounds so many light years ahead of everything else in the genre that its nods to the past only reveal themselves after one invests real time immersed in what we called “the impossibly deep, singular astral landscape” that the group has created.” [Album of the Year] - Gorilla Vs. Bear
“With their second album, Seattle hiphop duo Shabazz Palaces unshackled Afrofuturism from cliche in order to present a holistic almost familiar worldview that the future is already here, before demanding an honest response to that revelation. Hua Hsu said: Abstraction is only useful insofar as it shakes our reliance and this is what makes Lese Majesty’s primal futurism such a bewildering experience. Palaceer raps with secularity and conviction as all that was once solid melts into air - rules and codes vanish, leaving nothing but ghosts while beats dissolve into pretty colors.” [#7 / Albums of the Year] - The Wire
Tour Dates Jun. 04 - Spokane, WA - Volume: The Inlander’s Music Festival @ Terrain Stage Jun. 18 - Vancouver, BC - Levitation Festival @ Imperial Vancouver Aug. 04 - Los Angeles, CA - Shrine Auditorium * Aug. 08 - Los Angeles, CA - Shrine Auditorium * Aug. 13 - Eau Claire, WI - Eaux Claires Music Festival Aug. 27 - Brooklyn, NY - Afropunk Fest @ Brainfeeder Stage Sep. 15 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre ** Sep. 16 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre ** Sep. 17 - Hollywood, CA - Hollywood Bowl ** * w / Radiohead ** w/ Flying Lotus, George Clinton + Parliament Funkadelic, Thundercat, The Gaslamp Killer
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 monthand 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
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]