#371 Shabazz Palaces – Recollections of the Wraith

Clear some space out, so we can space out. Shabazz PalacesBlack Up, an album big on ideas and rich in detail, finds its sweet spot when the space is cleared and all that’s left behind is the barest and most essential of ingredients. Ishmael Butler’s crisp no-nonsense rapping takes its rightful place at the forefront, finding an almost hypnoptic rhythm buoyed only by a neatly sampled vintage chorus of meandering oohs. Meanwhile, Tendai Maraire’s agreeable beats flit comfortably between the two while giving generous room for stretching out. On paper at least, this may seem almost too formulaic, but the track cruises with such dogged style (“take a chance cos you know we got to dazzle“) and packs such a punch (“I’m dressing like I was at the Ali-Frazier fight“) that you’d forgive its uncharacteristic structuredness. – Dan.

mp3: Shabazz Palaces – Recollections of the Wraith

Black Up is released, also uncharacteristically, on Sub Pop.


2 responses to “#371 Shabazz Palaces – Recollections of the Wraith

  1. I really enjoyed this album too, quite unlike some of the other hip-hop stuff out there.

  2. There’s so much in it that it’s hard not to love!

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