Watch Shabazz Palaces’ “Shine a Light” official video from Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star
Shabazz Palaces share “When Cats Claw,” a new offering from Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star
Shabazz Palaces to release Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star worldwide through Sub Pop on July 14th
Photo credit: Victoria Kovios
Shabazz Palaces will release the Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star, their spectral third album, worldwide on July 14th through Sub Pop. The album, featuring highlights “Shine A Light” (ft. Thaddillac), “Since Caya,” and “Moon Whip Quaz” (ft. Darrius), was produced by Knife Knights (aka Ishmael Butler and Erik Blood) and recorded and mixed by Blood at Protect and Exalt Labs: A Black Space in Seattle. Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star is the follow-up and first batch of new material since the group’s critically acclaimed Lese Majesty, which was released in 2014.
You can now watch a lyric video for “Shine A Light” directed by Cristina T. Bercovitz and Jonathan Snipes of Clipping [watch here].
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.
The Palaceer of Shabazz Palaces says of his extraterrestrial persona: “I, Quazarz, Born On A Gangster Star, son only of Barbara Dream Caster and Reginald The Dark Hoper – he who rides on light – dreamer of the seventh dream and kissed eternal by Awet the Sun Scented – who far from home I found my same self differents in those constellies that be Dai at my weap-side immediate and all us Water Guild affiliates who revelries in the futures passed recordings and ceremonies flexing resplendent in the Paradise Sportif armor – raising these musics a joy/cry that way into these aquadescent diamondized ethers of the Migosphere here on Drake world. Welcome To Quazarz.”
Pre-order your copy of the album HERE or at your local record store!
Shabazz Palaces have shared a new single called “Dawn In Luxor” from their 2014 release, Lese Majesty on Sub Pop. The new visual, which director Stephan Gray dubs a “daydream on a nightwalk,” pairs stunning cinematography and VFX, with footage courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Hubble and Cassini missions. Continue reading