On July 29, Sub Pop will release Shabazz Palaces’ Lese Majesty, the Seattle hip-hop duo’s highly anticipated follow-up to 2011’s Black Up (our No. 2 album of 2011). We’ve already heard a couple of new tracks from the album, including “They Come In Gold” and “#CAKE,” and today, they’ve got yet another abstract rap gem to unleash. It’s called “Forerunner Foray,” and it’s the second track on the album. This “new sonic action” (as a press release describes it) comes in the form of a visually-enhanced stream, which isn’t so much a video as some kind of shimmering, psychedelic gif hologram. And when you get down to it, Shabazz Palaces is really hip-hop’s own version of a shimmering, psychedelic gif hologram. Or something along those lines anyway.
We’ll stop this navel-gazing nonsense and let you get to streaming the track below, which is absolutely worth your time.
Jeff Terich is the founder and editor of Treble. He's been writing about music for 20 years and has been published at American Songwriter, Bandcamp Daily, Reverb, Spin, Stereogum, uDiscoverMusic, VinylMePlease and some others that he's forgetting right now. He's still not tired of it.