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Quararz: Born On A Gang­ster Sign/Quararz vs the Jeal­ous Ma­chines

Sub Pop Seat­tle hip-hop seers Shabazz Palaces have al­ways gone deep, but this brace of new re­leases are truly trans­mis­sions from the far side. Their third and fourth al­bums de­tail the ad­ven­tures of Quazarz, a dude who came to earth from some­where else and finds him­self mus­ing about the re­la­tion­ship be­tween hu­mans and their tech giz­mos, chem­i­cal al­ter­ations and other earthly vi­bra­tions. You can, of course, delve fur­ther into those lofty con­cepts or you can park them to en­joy a fan­tas­tic sweep of fu­tur­is­tic, soul­ful, freak-jazz sound­scapes and mi­nor sym­phonies. Like pre­vi­ous re­leases Lese Majesty and Black Up, Ish­mael “Palaceer Lazaro” But­ler and Te­nai Maraire coat their dusty, smoky raps and in­can­ta­tions with dubby, cos­mic, in­fec­tious sounds and machi­na­tions. face­ Shabaz­zPalaces

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