Shabazz Palaces « Robed In Rareness »

January 2024 | MUSIC, 23/11

Specialist in short albums, Shabazz Palaces is basically a hip-hop duo which includes the rapper Ishmael Butler, who was part of the group Digable Planets and the multi-instrumentalist of Zimbabwean origin Tendai Maraire (the latter having left the project a few years ago). Through their discography, they offer a hip-hop that can be described as avant-garde and which seems to owe more to DJ Spooky than to Kayne West. Their music looks towards the future, without being too experimental and demonstrates a mastery of the fundamentals of their style. Less based on rhythm than many productions put forward by radio, this record is down tempo to the point of sometimes evoking trip-hop. The flow of the rapper and the many guests works wonders on this musical setting and reinforces the heavy and sweaty atmosphere that emerges from the pieces. A late-night record, which deserves attentive listening with headphones to appreciate all the work of these sound adventurers.