Shabazz Palaces – ‘Forerunner Foray’

Prime cut from Shabazz Palace’s 2014 release, Lese Majesty. The weight of the song is doubled by a brilliant animated video created by the group’s Sub Pop label mate, Chad VanGaalen. I have a similar feeling about Shabazz Palaces as I did for Main Attrakionz a few years ago in that they’re doing something that is classifiable only by its uniqueness.  Here’s what The Stranger had to say about Lese Majesty when they listened to it last year:

“Hearing the upcoming Shabazz Palaces album, Lese Majesty, in the Pacific Science Center’s Laser Dome over the weekend, we concluded upon first listen that it is the future of hiphop. There was no need for drugs, or even the dazzling light show, since the music’s fathoms-deep dubscapes and strategically predatory beats equaled the angular and smoky psychedelic visuals—each track already dazzled by a universe of deep-space stars, clouds of galactic gases, and the bright trails of wandering balls of ice. You will be proud that you live in Seattle when you hear this album.”