Shabazz Palaces – Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines

This one challenged our senses and our sound system but it was worth every ounce of energy. ‘Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines’ is Seattle duo Shabazz Palaces’ fourth studio album (following on from ‘Black Up’ [2011] and ‘Lese Majesty’ [2014], ‘Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star [2017]) and second of the year.

The album teleports you between worlds, from tribal underwater layers to the vast expanse of the thermosphere. This can happen in a single track, like on opener ‘Welcome to Quazarz’. Despite the slow pace, the album has bounce beneath the surface. A great example is ‘Self-Made Follownaire’ with its sea of squelchy synths that appear as a series of peaking waves that then break and subside, only to be replaced by a new resonating pattern.

Don’t expect to party to this album, but do expect to get deep into conversations of an otherworldly nature with friends over your intoxicant of choice. For that purpose, it is absolutely the perfect soundtrack.

Shabazz Palaces ‘Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines’ is out now on Sub Pop Records.

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