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premiere: THEESatisfaction – EarthEE (feat. Shabazz Palaces + Porter Ray)

THEESATISFACTION

Catch the warm breeze as Cat + Stas get spaced-out with their Black Constellation cohorts and Sub Pop labelmates Porter Ray and the Palaceer on the laid back and lifted title track from their new LP...

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new Shabazz Palaces – Ham Sandwich

SHABAZZ

Happy Black Friday from Shabazz Palaces

SHABAZZ

Lots going on with the Shabazz Palaces crew today: first up, Tendai Maraire unveils a beautifully shot new video from his Chimurenga Renaissance project. Directed by Kyle Seago:

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In other SP news, the Seattle duo shouts out hometown hero Richard Sherman after a dominant performance in his squad's beatdown of the Niners last night:

And finally, watch "Skaters over Razor Blade Beats" as the group provides the soundtrack for this stunning new skate vid, directed by Alex Craig for Poler x Nike SB:

video: Shabazz Palaces – Motion Sickness

SHABAZZ PALACES // MOTION SICKNESS

video: Shabazz Palaces – #CAKE

#CAKE

video: Shabazz Palaces – Forerunner Foray + Ishmael (live on KEXP)

SHABAZZ PALACES

premiere: Shabazz Palaces – Forerunner Foray

SHABAZZ PALACES FORERUNNER FORAY

"Forerunner Foray" is the glowing, interstellar new single from Seattle's Shabazz Palaces: straight from the center of the the Phasing Shift, the Palaceer's distinctive visionary flow and cosmically palatial production bridge past and future, bolstered by the ill Hustler's Convention sample and spectral guest vocals from Cat of SP's Black Constellation comrades THEESatisfaction...

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premiere: Crater – Brew

CRATER

sad slappy slop songs

— Crater (@craterbabes) June 18, 2014

Here's a throbbing new jam from Seattle duo Crater, who, based on their excellent first pair of tracks, make big, romantically ominous (or maybe ominously romantic), industrial-leaning electro-pop. "Br...

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new Shabazz Palaces – #CAKE

SHABAZZ #CAKE

new Shabazz Palaces – “They Come In Gold”

LESE MAJESTY

Here's the long-awaited first track to be unveiled from Shabazz Palaces' lush, dizzyingly brilliant new full-length, Lese Majesty. Not necessarily the most representative track on the new record, "They Come in Gold" kicks off with the kind of diamond-hard beat and ominous flow that made Black Up the best album of 2011, but the comparison with the last record ends there. When taken out of the context of the new album, only the song's brighter, prismatic second half begins to hint at the impossibly deep, singular astral landscape the group has created on Lese Majesty:

It's tough to remain objective when Shabazz Palaces visionary/Palaceer Ishmael Butler has been my favorite rapper since like '93, but it's pretty thrilling to hear him making some of the most vital sounds we've ever heard in any genre more than 20 years later. After countless hours spent driving around bumping the new record, we'd agree with those that heard it for the first time dodging lasers that Lese Majesty is the future of hip-hop, if we thought that anyone else was capable of doing something this revelatory. Lese Majesty is out July 29 on Sub Pop, but you can cop "They Come In Gold" now on iTunes. UPDATE: pre-order the limited 2xLP "Loser Edition" of the album on purple vinyl here.

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