Herein bumps and soars Lese Majesty, the new sonic action of Shabazz Palaces. Honed and primal, chromed and primo. A unique and glorified offering into our ever-uniforming musical soundscape. Lese Majesty is a beatific war cry, born of a spell, acknowledging that sophistication and the instinctual are not at odds; Indeed an undoing of the lie of their disparate natures.

Lese Majesty is not a launching pad for the group’s fan base increasing propaganda. It is a series of astral suites, recorded happenings, shared. A dare to dive deep into Shabazz Palaces sounds, vibrations unfettered. A dope-hex thrown from the compartments that have artificially contained us all and hindered our sublime collusion.

These reveries were sent to Palaceer Lazaro and Fly Guy ‘Dai in the year of gun beat battles in excess; In a succession of days, whilst walking in dreams and in varied transcendental states….(every minute of every day is filled with observation and composition. In action). Songs are committed and gathered by robots at Protect and Exalt Labs, a Black Space in Seattle, Washington.

The visual features of Lese Majesty are resultant of the gleanings of fellow Constellationaire, Nep Sidhu.

The Black Constellation squads up, protects and exalts the messages within, and colludes accordingly. We thank you.

The Genie

Sponsored by Line 6 in 2008, The Genie is an avant-garde guitarist, performing artist, and looping innovator from San Francisco. Among the most innovative and specialized live-looping artists today, he is the creator of a unique method called 'scratch guitar' and a live-remixing style called ‘g-mixing'. Refining his craft as a full-time performer for the past fifteen years, he brings together a hybrid of genres while utilizing unconventional live production styles and original looping techniques, creating a uniquely mesmerizing performance.

With spectral grooves, caressing textures and luminescent melodic hooks, Ghost & the City’s new EPTIMEcaptures cool blue light in a bottle with a sensuous trip-hop jazz sound. Emerging from Oakland’s thrumming underground music scene, the ensemble melds the alluring vocals of soulstress Kia Fay, the elastic beats of drummer Will Jenkins, and the lyricallycharged keyboard and synth work of Ash Maynor, who also writes most of the material. Featured trumpeterRoss Eustis offers a burnished brass foil to Kia Fay’s buttery voice, all enfolded in luscious sound design by Aki Ehara, a sought-after studio wizard who’s produced tracks for innovative Bay Area acts such as Bell Atlas, Trails and Ways, and Make Under (while also playing bass for Oakland’s esteemed neo-soul outfit The Seshen).

The DNA for Ghost & the City’s new sound is evident on the group’s 2015 EPPatchwork Soul, which led to gigs opening for heavyweights likeHiatus Kaiyote, The Internet, and Shabazz Palaces. But the songs onTIMErepresent an evolutionary sonic leap, with intricately crafted soundscapes that evoke the excitement and dismay of a region undergoing cultural tectonic shifts. While the group’s sound emanates from tomorrow, timeless musical values are embodied in the EP’s sole cover, a riveting rendition of Bobby Womack’s late-career masterpiece “Please Forgive My Heart.”

Rapidly gaining notice as a signature West Coast musical force, Ghost & the City continues to hone a sound that embraces a multiplicity of styles while melting away from superficial labels.TIMEis slated for release in spring 2018.

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