Shabazz Palaces Announces New ‘Lese Majesty’ Album

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 05.06.14 in News

Shabazz Palaces have shared a few details behind the new album they premiered in Seattle’s Laser Dome last weekend. Due out July 29 through Sub Pop, Lese Majesty is split into seven suites and features guest appearances by the group’s Black Constellation crew, including THEESatisfaction’s Catherine Harris-White, Erik Blood, and Thadillac. If you pre-order the double LP pressing (complete with an etching on its D-side) right now, it pairs a limited “Loser Edition” of purple vinyl with a bonus 7”, an instant download of the lead single below, and a streaming version of the entire record a month before its release.

As for the album itself, here’s what to expect straight from the source, followed by an early listen:

Herein bumps and soars Lese Majesty, the new sonic action of Shabazz Palaces. Honed and primal, chromed and primo. A unique and glorified offering into our ever-uniforming musical soundscape. Lese Majesty is a beatific war cry, born of a spell, acknowledging that sophistication and the instinctual are not at odds; Indeed an undoing of the lie of their disparate natures.

Lese Majesty is not a launching pad for the group’s fan base increasing propaganda. It is a series of astral suites of recorded happenings, shared. A dare to dive deep into Shabazz Palaces sounds, vibrations unfettered. A dope-hex thrown from the compartments that have artificially contained us all and hindered our sublime collusion.

These reveries were sent to Palaceer Lazaro and Fly Guy ‘Dai in the year of gun beat battles in excess; In a succession of days, whilst walking in dreams and in varied transcendental states….(every minute of every day is filled with observation and composition. In action). Songs are committed and gathered by robots at Protect and Exalt Labs, a Black Space in Seattle, Washington.

The visual features of Lese Majesty are resultant of the gleanings of fellow Constellationaire, Nep Sidhu.

The Black Constellation squads up, protects and exalts the messages within, and colludes accordingly. We thank you.

Read Michaelangelo Matos’s review of Shabazz Palaces’s last LP — ‘Black Up’, which he called “defiantly strange: murky, stoned, meditative, uncompromised” — here.