Almost two years have gone by since Shabazz Palaces put out their full-length debut, Black Up. One of Sub Pop's few hip-hop artists, and including "Butterfly" from the 90's group Digable Planets, Black Up gave the group lots of critical applause, as well as the #1 album in the Seattle Times' "Local Top #10" of 2011.
Now, the music video for their haunting track "An Echo from the Hosts that Profess Infinitum" is now online, via Pitchfork, and it's fantastic. Slow and eerie, this well-shot black and white video has the group acting like thugged-out ninjas on the beach with swords and Molotov cocktails, located in an anything-goes setting reminiscent of Grand Theft Auto video games.
This video is an eye-opener and deserves a view. There's been no word of a new album anytime soon, but the group will embark on an overseas tour starting on Friday, not to play the states until July 13th at Silver Jubilee, a free show celebrating Sub Pop Records' 25-year anniversary, located in Seattle's Georgetown neighborhood. Following that they will be playing at the Pickathon Festival in Happy Valley, Oregon, as well as the Doe Bay Fest in Olga, Washington. Tickets are available on Pickathon's official website and Doe Bay Fest's website.
Shabazz Palaces 2013 Tour Dates:
June 21st: Singapore - Home Club
June 22nd: Hanoi, Vietnam - American Club
June 23rd: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - Cargo Bar
June 26th: Hong Kong, China - Backstage Live
June 27th: Manila, China - B-Side
June 28th: Shanghai, China - Yuyintang
June 29th: Beijing, China - Yuyintag
July 2nd: Busan, Korea - Almost Famous
July 4th: Seoul, Korea - Club Keu
July 13th: Seattle, WA - Silver Jubilee
August 2nd-4th: Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon Festival
August 9th: Olga, WA - Doe Bay Fest