Friday, July 15, 2011

Shabazz Palaces - Black Up

Do you remember Digible Planets? They were one of the forerunners in the 90's when it comes to jazzy hip hop. One of their emcees, Ishmael "Butterfly" Butler, is nowadays a part of Shabazz Palaces. After self-releasing two mini-albums, it's now turn for the full length debut on Sub Pop. And what an album it is! Discordant beats, jazz, wicked poetry and electronic minimalism all merge together to create a record that might not be direct for some listeners, but that lets us discover new things each time. I can lie, I love this album. It's nice to see artists like this in a world filled with talk of swag and auto tune. This won't be the last time that I'll mention this record this year. You will most probably find it amongst this year's top ten albums.

Rating: 4.5/5

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