Lese Majesty (CD)


Shabazz Palaces

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Amoeba Review

07/28/2014

Led by Ishmael Butler (formerly ‘Butterfly’ of Digable Planets) and multi-instrumentalist Tendai ‘Baba’ Maraire, Seattle duo Shabazz Palaces take hip-hop out of the streets and into the astral plane. Their 2011 debut Black Up was a critically acclaimed space age masterpiece with fragmented beats over dark, hallucinatory soundscapes. The follow up, Lese Majesty, continues where Black Up left off while sprawling into other dimensions of sound and space. Featuring 18 songs grouped into seven suites, the album expands rather than drags, showcasing Tendai’s dilated rhythmic mastery and Ishmael’s inimitable way with words. With a playing time of 45 minutes, Lese Majesty takes us back to an age when musicians embraced the long player format. Each song beautifully melts into the next one to create a mood instead of just another hit. Like a galactic sonic roller coaster, Shabazz Palaces are challenging and expanding the hip-hop landscape, taking it to the moon and beyond.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Dawn In Luxor
Shabazz Palaces 03:56
2.
Forerunner Foray
Shabazz Palaces 03:48
3.
They Come In Gold
Shabazz Palaces 03:22
4.
Solemn Swears
Shabazz Palaces 01:32
5.
Harem Aria
Shabazz Palaces 01:58
6.
Noetic Noiromantics
Shabazz Palaces 01:35
7.
The Ballad of Lt. Maj. Winnings
Shabazz Palaces 01:42
8.
Soundview
Shabazz Palaces 00:40
9.
Ishmael
Shabazz Palaces 04:35
10.
...down 155th in the MCM Snorkel
Shabazz Palaces 02:12
11.
Divine of Form
Shabazz Palaces 00:39
12.
#CAKE
Shabazz Palaces 04:02
13.
Colluding Oligarchs
Shabazz Palaces 02:09
14.
Suspicion of a Shape
Shabazz Palaces 01:41
15.
MindGlitch Keytar TM Theme
Shabazz Palaces 01:22
16.
Motion Sickness
Shabazz Palaces 03:49
17.
New Black Wave
Shabazz Palaces 03:43
18.
Sonic MythMap for the Trip Back
Shabazz Palaces 02:08

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