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Stream: Shabazz Palaces’ new album Lese Majesty

on July 20, 2014, 11:17pm

Seattle’s Shabazz Palaces will release their sophomore album, Lese Majesty, on July 29th via Sub Pop. In anticipation, it’s streaming in full over at NPR.

In an interview with Hypetrak last year, emcee Ishmael Butler, aka Palaceer Lazaro, said the 18-track effort would see the group changing up the avant-garde-leaning hip-hop of 2011’s excellent Black Up.

“I don’t know. I doubt that it will sound much like it,” he said. “It will probably sound . . . I don’t know. We’ve left that. That [last album] is kind of far behind us now. There will be some similarities I guess, because we are who are. Other than that, it’s not gonna sound much like it at all.”

In a separate interview with London In Stereo, Butler offered insight into the album’s title, which is French for a crime against sovereignty. “It’s evocative – and provocative – and its meanings can be applied to more than just a government or a ruler,” he said. “In these times, there are plenty of establishments that could do with a bit of treason.”

The album is preceded by three singles, “They Come In Gold”“#CAKE”,  and “Forerunner Foray”.

Pre-orders for the album are ongoing.

Lese Majesty Tracklist:
01. Dawn In Luxor
02. Forerunner Foray
03. They Come In Gold
04. Solemn Swears
05. Harem Aria
06. Noetic Noiromantics
07. The Ballad Of Lt. Major Winnings
08. Soundview
09. Ishmael
10. …down 155th in the MCM Snorkel
11. Divine of Form
12. #CAKE
13. Colluding Oligarchs
14. Suspicion of a Shape
15. MindGlitch Keytar TM Theme
16. Motion Sickness
17. New Black Wave
18. Sonic MythMap for the Trip Back