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Boomkat Product Review:
Super smart 2nd album from Seattle's foremost hip hop accelerationists. Fronted by Ishmael Butler, formerly of the brilliant Digable Planets, Shabazz Palaces have cornered a unique take on contemporary hip hop melding traces of electronica, cyberactive dub and jazz inna cerebral but instantly gratifying style that swerves self-conscious oddness in favour of genuinely psychedelic lushness and off-the-dome freedom. Borrowing its title 'Lese Majesty' from a French term for offending about offending the dignity of a royal, the album is framed as a "…sort of sonic attack on the "me-mania" that's sweeping our culture of late" according to Ishmael Butler, taking umbrage with the narrow-minded, self-referential themes of so much materialist hip hop against deft beats buried beneath a shape-shifting patina of electro-dub-wise textures that mark the project miles away from stodgy, regressive "indie" hip hop, syrupy styles or darkside drill and EDM trap. It's crammed with surprises and convention bucking-arrangements destined to become one of 2014's finest hip hop LPs.