Shabazz Palaces are a really mysterious hip-hop outfit from Seattle; they've been about for a little while, with two records self-released last year. They've got an album scheduled to come out on SubPop in May; the first track released from it, 'An Echo From the Hosts That Profess Infinitum' is an eery, shadowy beast of a rap track, with echoing vocals and a looped, ghostly wailing laid behind them. The beats are shuffling and erratic, and I'm a big fan of their complete disregard for the usual 16 bars, chorus, 16 bars structure of rap music; the track instead builds and develops into a misty, thumping beauty, with repeated sections but no discernible chorus. I've put the recently released track up, as well as one of my favourites from their older stuff, the brilliantly woozy "Chuch".
Shabazz Palaces - 'An Echo From the Hosts That Profess Infinitum'
Shabazz Palaces - Chuch