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The Don Of Diamond Dreams

    Shabazz Palaces’ Black Up, the group’s Sub Pop debut, was recently hailed as one of the best albums of the decade by outlets like Pitchfork, Gorilla Vs Bear, and Variety. Pitchfork summed it up thusly: “Black Up is drowned in murky instrumentals and bombastic, introspective rhymes. The sounds flirt with jazz but also root themselves in a firm understanding of silence, or the sparse magic of simplicity. The songs teem with unexpected climaxes...From great mystery exploded an album of impossible vision.” That “impossible vision” has continued to confound and engage Shabazz Palaces fans over the course of four acclaimed albums and two EPs. Each release feels like an evolution, letting the music speak for itself, while slowly revealing more about its creator. With The Don of Diamond Dreams, the group’s fifth album, that spirit remains, this time embracing modernism in hip-hop and rap.

    Featuring 10 tracks in 43 minutes, the album features the highlights “Fast Learner (ft. Purple Tape Nate),” “Chocolate Souffle,” “Bad Bitch Walking (ft. Stas THEE Boss), and “Thanking The Girls.” It also features contributions from singer/keyboardist Darrius Willrich, Seattle’s OCnotes (who collaborated with Shabazz leader Ishmael Butler on the Knife Knights project), Los Angeles musician Carlos Overall, and bassist Evan Flory-Barnes. The Don of Diamond Dreams was recorded throughout 2019 and produced by Shabazz Palaces at Protect and Exalt: A Black Space in Seattle, mixed and engineered by Erik Blood at Studio 4 Labs in Venice, California, and mastered by Scott Sedillo at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Los Angeles.


    Portal North: Panthera
    Ad Ventures
    Fast Learner Ft. Purple Tape Nate
    Chocolate Souffle
    Portal South: Micah
    Bad Bitch Walking Ft. Stas THEE Boss
    Money Yoga Ft. Darrius
    Thanking The Girls
    Reg Walks By The Looking Glass Ft. Carlos Overall

    Shabazz Palaces

    Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star

      Twinned with "Quazarz Vs The Jealous Machines", this companion album from Shabaz Palaces also shines and growns under the crushing weight of the future. 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 - aurally evident thoughout this painfully visionary album. "Born on a Gangster Star"  continues the intrepid and unfathomable quest through cosmic-rap, a genre that SP is practically inventing. The beats wobble and ricocheting as if unaffected by gravity, while Palaces' vocals are hushed, ushered and delivered with a biting effeciently which has had me previously drawing comparisons to Dean Blunt / Hype Williams and Earl Sweatshirt. 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. This, my friends, is the sound of the near future. 


      Since C.A.Y.A.
      When Cats Claw
      Shine A Light (feat. Thaddillac)
      Dèesse Du Sang
      Eel Dreams (feat. Loud Eyes Lou)
      Parallax (feat. The Palaceer Lazaro)
      Fine Ass Hairdresser
      The Neurochem Mixalogue
      That's How City Life Goes
      Moon Whip Quäz (feat. Darrius)
      Federalist Papers

      Shabazz Palaces

      Live At Third Man Records

        Shabazz Palaces is Ishmael Butler (Digible Planets) and Tendai Maraire, and their Lese Majesty was easily the most spun record on the Third Man office turntable in 2014. Our admiration reached new heights when we had the honor of hosting the Seattle-based duo for a live performance and direct-to-acetate recording in our Nashville Blue Room last year. In Third Man consigliere Ben Swank's own words, "Shabazz Palaces' obstinately original oeuvre emanates from a fully formed higher conscious, they plant their flag in the outermost realms of the hip hop global soundscape where vibrations throb into beat-heavy explorations, chrome covered constellations of higher reveries each offering its own sonic boom."

        “Sanity, a visage of my wealth
        Lost but always found before the idols that I’ve knelt
        Strategy, the only way to cry
        Keep it do or die and always think in terms of I
        Reverie, some legend futures past
        Revelry, instead for it renders hella fast
        Capitol, a sound that’s on the rise
        It’s slaking unrealized until essence has been razed
        Sepulcher, a stage enlived by ghosts
        Floating off with bags of the blood encrusted dough.”

        - “They Come In Gold” (from “The Phasing Shift” suite)

        Herein bumps and soars 'Lese Majesty', the new sonic action of Shabazz Palaces. Honed and primal, chromed and primo. A unique and glorified offering into our ever-uniforming musical soundscape. 'Lese Majesty' is a beatific war cry, born of a spell, acknowledging that sophistication and the instinctual are not at odds; Indeed an undoing of the lie of their disparate natures.

        'Lese Majesty' is not a launching pad for the group’s fan base increasing propaganda. It is a series of astral suites, recorded happenings, shared. A dare to dive deep into Shabazz Palaces sounds, vibrations unfettered. A dope-hex thrown from the compartments that have artificially contained us all and hindered our sublime collusion.

        These reveries were sent to Palaceer Lazaro and Fly Guy ‘Dai in the year of gun beat battles in excess; In a succession of days, whilst walking in dreams and in varied transcendental states….(every minute of every day is filled with observation and composition. In action). Songs are committed and gathered by robots at Protect and Exalt Labs, a Black Space in Seattle, Washington.


        Dawn In Luxor
        Forerunner Foray
        They Come In Gold
        Solemn Swears
        Harem Aria
        Noetic Noiromantics
        The Ballad Of Lt. Maj. Winnings
        Down 155th In The MCM Snorkel
        Divine Of Form
        Colluding Oligarchs
        Suspicion Of A Shape
        Mindglitch Keytar TM Theme
        Motion Sickness
        New Black Wave
        Sonic Mythmap For The Trip Back

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