Sub Pop label-mates The Helio Sequence and Shabazz Palaces make for one of those bills where you’re like, “Hmm. Yeah, OK, I get it know… I think.” The small-arena-pop of the former plus the extraterrestrial hip-hop of the latter don’t totally sound homogenous, but just listen to what they do with each other’s songs.
The Helio Sequence utilize an ultra-minimalist approach on the remix of “Recollections of the Wraith”, off the CoS Top Star-earning Black Up. Just a simple beat, two bass notes, and enough space-out accoutrement to float around Palaceer Lazaro’s inner-soul/outer-planetary words.
Shabazz Palaces’ rework of the Negotiations cut “Harvester of Souls” takes a starry-night ballad and slides a beat under it like you wouldn’t even know it’s there. But all of a sudden, the autumnal original is sharper and icier with Shabazz’s production couching the strains of Brandon Summers’ croon.
Now that the two seem more in concert with each other, check them out in concert at the dates below.
The Helio Sequence and Shabazz Palaces 2013 Tour Dates:
01/18 Birmingham, AL @ Bottle Tree
01/19 Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
01/20 Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
01/22 St. Augustine, FL @ Cafe Eleven
01/24 St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theater
01/25 Orlando, FL @ The Social
01/26 Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder
01/27 Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
01/28 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
01/29 Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar ^
01/30 St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
01/31 Bloomington, IN @ Bishop Bar
02/01 Chicago, IL @ The Shrine
Shabazz Palaces 2013 Tour Dates:
02/01 – Chicago, IL @ The Shrine
The Helio Sequence 2013 Tour Dates:
02/06 – Bend, OR @ Tower Theatre
02/08 – Eugene, OR @ W.O.W. Hall
02/13 – Pullman, WA @ BellTower
02/14 – Spokane, WA @ A Club
02/15 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
02/16 – Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo
02/17 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre