Win Tickets to Shabazz Palaces 8/01 at Neumos, Lese Majesty, Tour Dates

July 29, 2014

Shabazz Palaces Lese Majesty Album Release Party @ Neumos | 8/01 | $15 (Get Tickets) | 9pm | 21+

Shabazz Palaces have released their third piece of audio art, Lese Majesty; a paradox of their followers’ expectations. Their 2009 debut double-EPs Of Light and self-titled Shabazz Palaces introduced us to an avant-rap group with a hankering towards organic instruments and electronics informed by ’70s/’80s hip-hop. On their 2011 album Black Up, we got a taste of the depth of Shabazz Palaces’ melting pot–Afrocentric electro space-rap, heavy on the philosophy, pride, romance, dreaminess, drum and bass. In succession to those releases, it could be anyone’s best guess what they were going to create next.

Lese Majesty picks up right where Black Up left off in many ways, and it’s also a complete surprise. Black Up was 17 sonic movements amongst 10 song titles. Lese Majesty packaged the short 46+ minutes of bass-trippy beat genius in seven suites, 18 songs as follows:

Suite 1: “The Phasing Shift”:

1. “Dawn in Luxor”
2. “Forerunner Foray”
3. “They Come in Gold”


Suite 2: “Touch & Agree”:

4. “Solemn Swears”
5. “Harem Aria”
6. “Noetic Noiromantics”


7. “The Ballad of Lt. Maj. Winnings”


Suite 3: “Palace War Council Meeting”:

8. “Soundview”
9. “Ishmael”
10. “down 155th in the MCM Snorkel”


Suite 4: “Pleasure Milieu”:

11. “Divine of Form”
12. “#CAKE”


Suite 5: “Federal Bureau Boys”:

13. “Colluding Oligarchs”
14. “Suspicion of a Shape”


Suite 6: “High Climb to the Gallows”

15. “Mind Glitch Keytar Theme”
16. “Motion Sickness”


Suite 7: “Murkings on the Oxblood Starway”:

17. “New Black Wave”
18. “Sonic Myth Map for the Trip Back”


Each movement is an audio scene. Some complete within themselves, others set the stage for a vicarious intrigue.

What’s most unexpected about Lese Majesty is the overall slow-jam aesthetic. The paradox is that it’s not unexpected at all. Black Up was spaced-out, standing on its heals, this is just a further exploration into the intergalactic ethos.

It has its upticks such as songs like “#Cake,” a playful song celebrating the euphemism of “cake” being a kilo of cocaine. “I’m having my cake and I’m eating cake.” The energy of the song mirrors one of being tweaked out. It’s experiential, and it even has some Seattle subtext. #ShoutouttoElMizell

Some suites leave the listener with a question mark. “Mind Glitch Keytar Theme” is a little weird. It captures what it might actually sound like to have a mind glitch, and it’s still weird.

Regardless, Lese Majesty is deeply engaging if listeners choose to be engaged. It’s also duly entertaining and satisfying if one wanted to (under the influence or not) lay back and phase out. It’s good for road trips, brainiac work parties, and everywhere in-between.

Oh yeah, Shabazz Palaces will be having an album release party at Neumos on August 1, 2014 (get tickets), and we have a pair of tickets to giveaway. GET IT!

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Shabazz Palaces Lese Majesty Tour Dates:

Jul. 29 – Oakland, CA – The New Parish
Jun. 30 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
Aug. 01 – Seattle, WA – Neumos*
Aug. 21 – Washington, DC – Black Cat**
Aug. 22 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer**
Aug. 23 – Brooklyn, NY – AFROPUNK @ Commodore Barry Park**
Aug. 26 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Aug. 27 – Atlanta, GA – The Basement
Sep. 13 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
Sep. 14 – Bloomington, IN – The Bishop
Sep. 15 – Little Rock, AR – The Rev Room
Sep. 16 – Austin, TX – Red 7
Sep. 17 – Mc Allen, TX – Cine El Rey
Sep. 19 – St. Louis, The Firebird
Sep. 20 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
Sep. 21 – Lincoln, NE – Vega
Sep. 22 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
Oct. 22-26 – Helsinki, FI – Supermassive Festival
Nov. 04 – London, UK, Illuminations Festival at The Laundry
Nov. 14 – Berlin, DE – Kantine Berghain
Nov. 15 – Cologne, DE – Club Bahnhof
Nov. 16 – Munich, DE – Feierwerk
* w/ Porter Ray
** w/ clipping.

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