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Black Up is the new sonic move from Shabazz Palaces. Like rich velvet hijabs or gold threaded abayas. Luxury as understood by the modest. Shabazz Palaces. If Bedouins herded beats instead of goats and settled in Seattle instead of the Atlas Mountains, this would be their album. Forward thinkers but nostalgic for a sparer time when ancient astronomers only recognized five planets. Hip hop. ... Read more in Amazon's Shabazz Palaces Store

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  • Audio CD (11 July 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B004USRLP0
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,136 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5. Youlogy
6. Endeavors For Never (The Last Time We Spoke You Said You Were Not Here. I Saw You Though.)
7. Recollections Of The Wraith
8. The King's New Clothes Were Made By His Own Hands
9. Yeah You
10. Swerve... The Reeping Of All That Is Worthwhile (Noir Not Withstanding)

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Black Up is the new sonic move from Shabazz Palaces. Hip hop; Black Light uses electromagnetic radiation to eradicate micro-organisms, but Shabazz didn t come to kill a sound, just to shine their own incandescent lamp on this. Produced by Knife Knights and recorded and mixed in Lixx-alog by Bloo.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LostC1tY on 20 Nov. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I had the good fortune to see these guys in Manchester last night. It was one of the weirdest gigs I've been to, but also one of the best.

The music has varied angular rhythms layered over deep basslines, strange note sequences and voices cut in and out of the soundscape, seemingly at random. Sitting on top of that, the lyrics float between emphasised repetition and flowing eloquence. A couple of the tracks feature vocals from THEESatisfaction, which serves to change things up nicely without breaking out of Shabazz Palaces' style.

If you're a fan of new music then you should give this a try, because there isn't much, if anything, else like it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dipesh parmar on 28 Aug. 2013
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It seems my ongoing frustrations over the state of U.S. hip-hop has made me miss Shabazz Palaces debut `Black Up', originally released in 2011. Shabazz Palaces is masterminded by the media-shy Palaceer Lazaro, more commonly known as Ishmael "Butterfly" Butler of 90′s New York hip-hop crew Digable Planets. `Black Up' is the first hip hop album ever to be released on legendary grunge label Sub Pop, times are certainly changing in the music business.

Lazarro's soulful musings about culture, identity, metaphysics and everything in-between is done in such an unpretentious manner, retaining a playfulness for wordplay which constantly engages you. The whole Shabazz package is bold and unusual, for what could be an alienating experience for the listener becomes as cosy and alluring as mulled wine on a winters day. Most tracks start very differently to how they end, the terrific opening "Free Press and Curl" starts defiantly with Lazarro rapping "Musically and bitch-wise, too/ I lost the best beat that I had" over some bass-heavy beats before slowing down the tempo and morphing into a retro-funk crawl. The following track `An Echo From The Hosts That Profess Infinitum' starts with a queasy low-end tempo and then from out of nowhere an African mbira solo appears before once again changing into a buzzing afro-psychedelic chant.

Shabazz Palaces have cultivated an afro-futuristic sound reminiscent of Shadow Huntaz and Anti-Pop Consortium, its an album of quietly considered sonic surprises. The music is an odd combination of sparse structures carefully balanced with often moody and bass-heavy beats, there's clearly been an influence from the bass-music productions common in the UK and Europe. But this album is no weighty experimental project for the head-nodders, Lazaro doesnt overindulge.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bernard H. Christ on 25 Nov. 2011
Format: Audio CD
It's a sign of the times that something as inventive and original as this has to date attracted one review on Amazon.
Hard to describe Shabazz Palaces, it really is. You can of course hear a little bit of Ishmael Butler's former band, Digable Planets, on here. But only after it's been through a weird, dark trip of some crazy kind. That's to make it sound impenetrable. Oddly, it's not. It takes a few listens, but it's just so rich and smart, it draws you in. I've had it a few months and I'm still listening to it regularly.

When folks tell you hiphop has lost its soul, point 'em in this direction.
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