■SHABAZZ PALACES | シャバズ・パレセズ『THE DON OF DIAMOND DREAMS(ザ・ドン・オブ・ダイアモンド・ドリ-ムス) 』、Variety: Andrew Barker's Best Albums of 2020、3位。



2020-12-15 : Shabazz Palaces :

■SHABAZZ PALACES | シャバズ・パレセズ、4/29発売のアルバム『THE DON OF DIAMOND DREAMS(ザ・ドン・オブ・ダイアモンド・ドリ-ムス) 』より「Wet」を公開。

Shabazz Palaces - Wet

What people are saying about Shabazz Palaces The Don of Diamond Dreams:

”The Don of Diamond Dreams finds Butler’s effects-treated voice rippling through a prism of mutated funk and R&B that feels simultaneously sumptuous and deeply unconventional.” [8/10] UNCUT

“How many acts release five albums and how many out of that are still as current and relevant as on their debut? Not many. Shabazz Palaces have now joined a rare breed of artists. The Don Of Diamond Dreams is a glorious album that yields more and more with each listen. And listen you need to, because if you don’t you might miss something.” [8/10] - CLASH

“The Don of Diamond Dreams is the most fully realized Shabazz Palaces LP yet—from Butler’s new confidence in his own poetic authority to the way he and multi-instrumentalist Tendai “Baba” Maraire create hip-hop songs that never stop experimenting.” [“Album of the Day”] - Bandcamp

“Through this long journey through different states of consciousness and emotion, Shabazz Palaces continue to serve as the intrepid explorers through the eternal form known as music. The don of diamond dreams and gold stitched jeans continues to shine his light on the path for all of us to follow.” - KEXP

“The Don of Diamond Dreams is a brilliant, buoyant work of provocation and invocation from the rapper-writer-producer. Holy, wise, abstract, and contagious, Don is intergalactic hip-hop that burrows as deep down as it does fly high.” - FLOOD Magazine

”The Don of Diamond Dreams prove Shabazz Palaces to be such a fascinating and exciting project in the age of algorithms and formulae.” [“Album of the Week”] The Guardian

“One of contemporary hip hop’s original outsiders” [★★★★] - Q

“The Don of Diamond Dreams…feels warmer and more optimistic…[It] feels imbued with a sense that alternative realities – different ways of telling stories, different mythologies to reflect our true nature – are always within our reach, if only we’re able to fully embrace our own imaginations.” - The Quietus

“Shabazz Palaces have created another exquisite album” - DJ Mag

“Expanding beyond their already broadened horizons, Shabazz Palaces are seemingly unstoppable.” [8/10] - The Line of Best Fit

“On the 10 track project, the Seattle artists continue to showcase their technologically-intertwined take on the experimental realms of rap and hip-hop, spicing up their Afrofuturist aesthetic with melty basslines, eclectic percussion, psychedelic synth pads, and more.” - Hypebeast

“The 10-track project is another futuristic ride through Butler’s otherworldly mind.” - HipHopDX

“Shabazz are at their best when they channel all their ambition into a more tightly-packed album like this one.” [“Notable Releases of the Week”] - Brooklyn Vegan

“[Shabazz Palaces] remain immersed in surrealism, but their atmospheric oddity ends up a splendid fit for today’s hip-hop landscape.” - RIFF Magazine

“The Don’s way of pulling you in is to hypnotize you with far-out jazz pageantry and devotion before cutting you loose to wander through the brilliant, idiosyncratic landscapes they created – and they make it look effortless while doing it.” [★★★★] - Spectrum Culture

“Diamond Dreams is immersive and solidifies Shabazz Palaces’ stature as one of the few hip-hop projects to emerge in the 2010s and create a wholly distinctive genre unto itself. Its intergalactic textures don’t resemble earth, but that’s a welcome escape at a historic moment when earth doesn’t feel particularly inhabitable for humans.” [The Don of Diamond Dreams] - PASTE

“It’s a psychedelic groove, chopped and screwed in the fifth dimension.” [“Fast Learner”] - The FADER

“A woozy and echo-laden lurch that the group recorded with the excellently named Purple Tape Nate…It’s a cool piece of music, a starry-eyed vibe-out, and it’s a strong indicator for how the rest of the album might sound…The track draws stylistic connections between rumbling ’80s electro, broken-up Brainfeeder beat music, and circa-now astral Auto-Tuned drug rap.” [“Fast Learner”] - Stereogum

“Play this loud, really loud. The wooziness really starts to glow with the volume turned way up on headphones or big speakers. It’s great retrofuture background music, good for speeding down the highway in a DeLorean or selling drugs to a fax machine.” [“Fast Learner”] - Washington Square News

“The brilliantly abstract Seattle rap duo returns, with a deep bass intro that spaces out into a more expansive track as Nate’s Auto-Tune support vocals waft astrally, and a simple backbone of a hook threading it all together.” [“Fast Learner”] - City Pages

“With tinges of funk engrained in their intergalactic production, Ishmael Butler vocals stretch through space with a robotic feel.” [“Chocolate Souffle”] - Hot New Hip Hop

“[Shabazz Palaces] have managed to continue Butler’s relentless desire to reimagine what hip hop should and could sound like while boldly proving that they’re the heirs to the astral imaginations of Sun Ra, George Clinton, Octavia Butler and Alice Coltrane.” - Joy of Violent Movement


2020-04-20 : Shabazz Palaces :

■SHABAZZ PALACES | グラミー賞も授賞したディガブル・プラネッツのメンバー、バタフライによるヒップホップ・デュオ、シャバズ・パレセズ。驚愕のアルバム2枚同時リリースから3年、5枚目のアルバム『ザ・ドン・オブ・ダイアモンド・ドリ-ムス』が完成。

2020.4.29 ON SALE


■アーティスト:SHABAZZ PALACES(シャバズ・パレセズ)
■タイトル:THE DON OF DIAMOND DREAMS(ザ・ドン・オブ・ダイアモンド・ドリ-ムス)
■定価:¥2,400+税  ※帯付で解説他は付きません。
■発売元:ビッグ・ナッシング / ウルトラ・ヴァイヴ
1. Portal North: Panthera
2. Ad Ventures
3. Fast Learner ft. Purple Tape Nate
4. Wet
5. Chocolate Souffle
6. Portal South: Micah
7. Bad Bitch Walking ft. Stas THEE Boss
8. Money Yoga ft. Darrius
9. Thanking The Girls
10. Reg Walks By The Looking Glass ft. Carlos Overall

Shabazz Palaces - Fast Learner (Ft. Purple Tape Nate)

●Shabazz Palacesのデビュー・アルバム『Black Up』はPitchfork、Gorilla Vs Bear、Varietyといったメディアにより、ここ10年の中でも最高のアルバムのひとつ、との評価を確立しているが、自身5枚目となる当『The Don of Diamond Dreams』で、彼らはヒップホップ/ラップのモダニズムをとり入れた。43分で全10曲が収録されたアルバムは、2019年を通してShabazz Palaces自身のプロデュースの元、シアトルのProtect and Exalt: A Black Spaceでレコーディング。ミックスはErik BloodのエンジニアリングによりヴェニスのStudio 4 Labsでおこなわれ、ロサンジェルスのBernie Grundman MasteringでScott Sedilloがマスタリングを手掛けた。アルバムではPurple Tape Nate、Stas THEE Boss、Darriusをフィーチャー。また、シンガー/キーボーディストのDarrius Willrich、Ishmael Butlerのプロジェクト、Knife KnightsでもコラボレートしたシアトルのOCnotes、ロサンジェルスのミュージシャン、Carlos Overall、ベーシストのEvan Flory-Barnesもコントリビュートしている。
●Shabazz PalacesはPalaeer LazaroとTendai Maraireによるシアトルのヒップホップ・デュオだ。Palaeer LazaroことIshmael Butlerはジャズ・ラップ・グループ、Digable Planetsの元メンバーで、通称Butterflyとして知られる。Digable Planetsは1993年のデビュー・アルバム『Reachin' (A New Refutation Of Time And Space)』で同年のグラミー賞「最優秀ラップ・グループ」を受賞している。2009年、Palaeer LazaroはTendai MaraireとShabazz Palacesを結成。同年にリリースした2枚のEP『Shabazz Palaces』と『Of Light』がPitchfork等を中心に話題となり、Sub Popと契約(Shabazz PalacesはSub Popが初めて契約したヒップホップ・アーティスト)。2011年、デビュー・アルバム『Black Up』をリリースした。『Black Up』はPitchforkでベスト・ニュー・アルバムに選ばれる等、高評価を獲得。Pitchfork、Mojo、Popmatters、Gorilla vs. Bear、The Seattle Times他、数多くのメディアにより、同年の年間ベスト・アルバムの1枚に選出された。2014年にはセカンド・アルバム『Lese Majesty』をリリース。このアルバムもPitchforkのレビューで8.2/10を獲得する等、高評を獲得。2017年には『Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star』『Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines』と2枚のアルバムを同時リリース。シングル「Shine a Light (feat. Thaddillac)」(『Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star』収録)はピッチフォークでベスト・ニュー・トラックを獲得。また、盟友Thundercatがベースで参加したシングル「Since C.A.Y.A」(『Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star』収録)も話題となった。

2020-03-03 : Shabazz Palaces :

■Shabazz Palaces | シャバズ・パレセズ、2017年7月に同時発売された2枚のアルバムのうち『クエイザーズ:ボーン・オン・ア・ギャングスター・スター』から「Dèesse Du Sang」のビデオを公開。

Shabazz Palaces - Deesse Du Sang [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

What people are saying Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Starand Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machinesand affiliated singles:
“In thermodynamics, black bodies are both perfect absorbers and emitters of radiant energy. That seeming contradiction would not be lost on one Palaceer Lazaro, better known as Ishmael Butler of Shabazz Palaces, who continues to find far-out ways to reflect and refract the sound and fury of popular culture and contemporary blackness…Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star…pushes an interstellar narrative that’s equal parts absurd and real…It’s a cosmic trip. [Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star] - NPR Music

“The power of Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Starand Quazarz vs the Jealous Machinescomes from the way they spike their dense, abstract sound with moments of accessibility: a band broadening what they do without blunting their edge or losing their uniqueness.” - [4/5, Album of the Week] - The Guardian

“The pair’s music sounds like rap music viewed through a prism - a psychedelic reverie of glittering electronic textures and unconventional beats that’s sensual, expansive and disorientating….Like interstellar guides, they’re always positioned a little further out than their peers, and these two records offer suggested routes to an infinity of possible futures.” [8/10] - Uncut

“A thrilling excursion, possessing an otherworldly ambiance and substance you’ll spend months decoding, every spin yielding something new. Adventurous ears, listen up!” [4/5 stars] - MOJO

“Set Quazarz to stunning.” [4/5 stars] - Q

“The Quazarz suite is an unequivocal triumph.” - [9/10] - Loud & Quiet

“These exquisite new sonic meanderings conjure up the ghost of Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.” [Record of the Month] - London In Stereo

“Both of Shabazz Palaces’ new albums are meticulously crafted, with an obscure narrative and arrangements so vivid they beckon you to unravel them.” [4/5 stars] - The Skinny

“Digitally cut-up, delayed and reverberated, words tumble, swirl and spill, smearing themselves over fragmented beats and shimmering kaleidoscopic backdrops: strands of audio graffiti sprayed on walls that gleam, shift shape and then finally vanish.” [Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star & Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines] - Wire


2018-10-31 : Shabazz Palaces :

■Shabazz Palaces | シャバズ・パレセズのニュー・アルバム『QUAZARZ: BORN ON A GANGSTER STAR』と『QUAZARZ VS. THE JEALOUS MACHINES』の全曲試聴が開始。

QUAZARZ: BORN ON A GANGSTER STAR(クエイザーズ:ボーン・オン・ア・ギャングスター・スター)



2017-07-07 : Shabazz Palaces :
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