Shabazz Palaces, “Swerve…”
May 25, 2011
Shabazz Palaces releases onto the Internet a new track from their forthcoming full-lengther, Black Up, due July 28. “Swerve…the reeping of all that is worthwhile (Noir not withstanding)” is the second track released for the album’s release, after “an echo from the hosts that profess infinitum.”
The Pitchfork readers out there should know all about Shabazz by now, but in case you didn’t know, Shabazz Palaces is the brainchild of Ish “Butterfly” Butler of Digable Planets, who also fronted the ill-fated Cherrywine project. Palaceer Lazaro, as Ish is calling himself in this context, mixes Islamic imagery, 60’s Black Power, sinister vibes, African rhythms, and twitchy sampler work that has all the college radio kids aswoon. Shabazz released two self-published EPs in 2009, “Shabazz Palaces” and “Of Light,” and was soon signed to legendary indie label Sub Pop, who released Nirvana’s debut LP.