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Twin albums Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star and
Quazarz vs The Jealous Machines out Friday July 14
on Sub Pop via Inertia Music

“Shabazz Palaces forces conventional rap consumers to realign their thinking.”
Pitchfork, “Shine A Light” – Best New Track

“‘Since C.A.Y.A’ is a psychedelic but rhythmic track that sounds kind of
like how dreaming about space feels”

““Shine A Light,” a lovely and dazed float of a song built from
a Madlib-esque string loop.”

Shabazz Palaces have released “Since C.A.Y.A.”  an elastic and transportive new track from the group’s forthcoming Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star – the extra-spatial twin to Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines out Friday July 14 on Sub Pop via Inertia Music


“Since C.A.Y.A.” features dazzlingly funky bass licks by the magnificent Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner and was produced by Knife Knights (aka Ishmael Butler and Erik Blood), recorded and mixed by Blood at Protect and Exalt Labs: A Black Space in Seattle.

In this newly discovered excerpt from the renowned underground publication Purple Cliffs Quarterly*, The Palaceer reminisces to singer/writer Lou Monk about the epiphany he had at the C.A.Y.A. community center:
“In the era of Quazarz youth, The Central District of Seattle, Washington shone wildly vibrant and pulsed strong like the muscles of the heart. Brave Forerunners, from warm points south, had arrived settled and soon began to born and unleash dazzle of all sorts from this green remote. It was here on a sunny, July day over a free lunch at the C.A.Y.A. baseball field watching the Frontiersman smash an east side club to dust, that Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star — with confused terror then resolute determination — first looked his dreams in the eye. Thee rest as they say,  is mystery. The Heritage House, Lowe’s Grocery and One Stop Burgers are gone;  fact is, from that glorious epoch there remain few vestiges… I’m one of them.
Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star and Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines are the follow-up and first batch of new material since the group’s critically acclaimed Lese Majesty, which was released in 2014. Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star serves as both an introduction and tells the tale of Quazarz, a sentient being from somewhere else, an observer sent here to Amurderca to chronicle and explore as a musical emissary. What he finds in our world is a cutthroat place, a landscape where someone like him could never quite feel comfortable amidst all the brutality and alternative facts and death masquerading as connectivity.
Quazarz Vs. The Jealous Machines tells the tales of Quazarz, that sent sentient from some elsewhere. A wave warrior wielding his sonic sword. Posted to the turnt-up states of Amurderca here on the Gangster Star to chronicle, explore and enjoy as a musical emissary. He discovers a world where humankind’s relationship with their tech-devices has become weirdly sensual, seducing a sedentary seamlessness with humans, while capturing and incarcerating the results of their imagination. Quazarz vs The Jealous Machines finds our protagonist with his dazzling cohorts rising a collective Nah to the device and the guilds that proliferate them.
*Excerpt taken from the essay “The Diamond Skinned Don: Reconstructing Quazarz and the Seven Proofs of Flight” by Lou “Loud Eyes” Monk published in the Purple Cliffs Quarterly from Moon Whip Press © 2064

Shabazz Palaces
Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star

1. Since C.A.Y.A

2. When Cats Claw
3. Shine a Light (feat. Thaddillac)
4. Dèesse Du Sang
5. Eel Dreams (feat. Loud Eyes Lou)
6. Parallax (feat. The Palaceer Lazaro)
7. Fine Ass Hairdresser
8. The Neurochem Mixalogue
9. That’s How City Life Goes
10. Moon Whip Quäz (feat. Darrius)
11. Federalist Papers

Shabazz Palaces
Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines

1. Welcome to Quazarz
2. Gorgeous Sleeper Cell
3. Self-MadeFollownaire
5. Effeminence (feat. Fly Guy Dai of Chimurenga Renaissance)
6. Julian’s Dream (ode to a bad) (feat. The Shogun Shot)
7. 30 Clip Extension
8. Love in the time of Kanye (feat. Purple Tape Nate)
9.Sabonim in the Saab on ‘em
10. The SS Quintessence
11. Late night phone calls (feat. Laz)
12.Quazarz on 23rd

 Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines by Shabazz Palaces is out Friday July 14
on Sub Pop via Inertia Music
Pre-order it here:

Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star by Shabazz Palaces is out Friday July 14
on Sub Pop via Inertia Music
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