Shabazz Palaces, Chandeliers | Lincoln Hall | Hip-Hop | Chicago Reader

Shabazz Palaces, Chandeliers Recommended Agenda Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Image

When: Sat., Sept. 13, 10 p.m. 2014

Seattle has produced a fascinating array of hip-hop acts lately: some of them pump warmth into cold beats (Blue Sky Black Death, Key Nyata), while others unshackle the darkest demons of their ids (Nacho Picasso), freak the funk out (Thee Satisfaction), or get super smoove ’n’ sexy (Sax G). At the forefront of this crowd are Shabazz Palaces, an experimental Afrocentric collective led by Ishmael Butler, aka Butterfly from Digable Planets. Their recent sophomore album, Lese Majesty (Sub Pop), expands the intergalactic funk universe of 2010’s Black Up—the new LP is longer and stranger, and the songs are thoroughly immersive, though Butler and crew don’t seem to care whether any of their choruses “bang.” The album flows like a perfectly sequenced mixtape, with every track in the exact right place, reliant on what comes before and after; it has a serene, cosmic ambience, with songs that float through the stars on gentle flurries of synths and rippling echo-treated vocals. Lese Majesty is best listened to at one go, but I’ve got some favorite tunes—the minimalist, tranquil “Solemn Swears,” for instance, feels like I imagine floating in zero gravity must be. —Leor Galil

Price: $15

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