KNIFE KNIGHTS

UNCUT - - New Al­bums - LOUIS pAT­TI­SON

1 Time Mi­rage SUB POP 6/10 Bewil­der­ing de­but al­bum from Shabazz palaces spin-off

Ish­mael But­ler of ’90s jazz-rap group Di­ga­ble Plan­ets em­barked on a sur­prise sec­ond act when he re-emerged as Palaceer Lazaro, the cos­mic beat­nik at the helm of new Seat­tle hip-hop group Shabazz Palaces. Now he’s back with a new group – a duo with Seat­tle pro­ducer Erik Blood. But while Shabazz’s non­con­formist ap­proach feels both re­fresh­ing and en­light­en­ing, 1 Time Mi­rage is harder to crack, its fuggy elec­tron­ics and lyri­cal non se­quiturs not giv­ing up their se­crets eas­ily. Still, a few mo­ments stand out, such as dreamy slow jam “Light Up Ahead (Time Mi­rage)”, or the de­ranged power fan­tasies of “Mr Pres­i­dent”.

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