• shabazz palaces Quazarz: Born On a Gangster Star (MC, £7.50)

    label: sub pop

    ‘Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star’ is one of two new albums by interstellar hip hop enigma Shabazz Palaces - aka Ishmael Butler (who, in another galaxy, performs in Digable Planets) - and Tendai Maraire.  ‘Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star’ and its simultaneously released companion ‘Quazarz Vs The Jealous Machines’ were both produced by Knife Knights (i.b e.b.) and mixed by Blood.  Quazarz came to the Earth from somewhere else, a musical ambassador from his place to ours. Somehow, through fire or through fury, the Palaceer of Shabazz Palaces caught wind of the tale and it is through his prism that we hear the story.  Imbued with the energy and ideas from all the creative embers floating in the atmosphere like fireflies, Shabazz Palaces recorded this entire album over the course of two weeks with Blood in Seattle. New gear and new equipment disintegrated comfort zones into dust and a new path appeared in the rubble.  ‘Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star’ flirts with a pop sensibility but through the prism of Shabazz Palaces’ fire and fury. For the Palaceer, that sense is all about how the groove is moving and the supernatural telepathy that occurs amongst his cohort. Appearing here, in body or in spirit, are Julian Casablancas, Thundercat, Darrius Willrich, Gamble and Huff, Loud Eyes Lou, Thaddillac, Ahmir, Jon Kirby, Sunny Levine and Blood.

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