Shabazz Palaces announce another new album… Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines

Shabazz Palaces will release the group’s fourth album Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines, alongside its extra-spatial twin Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star, on Friday July 14 on Sub Pop via Inertia Music.

The album, featuring highlights “30 Clip Extension”, “Julian’s Dream (ode to a bad)” and “Effeminence” includes guest appearances from Fly Guy Dai of Chimurenga Renaissance, Amir Yaghamai, John Carroll Kirby, Thaddillac, Morgan Henderson, The Shogun Shot, Laz, and Purple Tape Nate.

Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines was produced by the Palaceer Lazaro and Sunny Levine, recorded in Seattle at Protect and Exalt Labs: A Black Space and in Marina Del Rey at Dror Lord Studios, and mixed by Levine and Kamal Humphrey at Kamal’s House Studio. Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines is a second, fully-realized album of new material that expands the Quazarz universe.

Quazarz Vs. The Jealous Machines tells the tales of Quazarz, that sent sentient from some elsewhere. A wave warrior wielding his sonic sword. Posted to the turnt-up states of Amurderca here on the Gangster Star to chronicle, explore and enjoy as a musical emissary. He discovers a world where humankind’s relationship with their tech-devices has become weirdly sensual, seducing a sedentary seamlessness with humans, while capturing and incarcerating the results of their imagination. Quazarz vs The Jealous Machines finds our protagonist with his dazzling cohorts rising a collective Nah to the device and the guilds that proliferate them.

The lyric video to “30 Clip Extension” was directed by Cristina T. Bercovitz and Jonathan Snipes of Clipping. Both creatives were also behind the lyric video for “Shine A Light (feat. Thaddillac)”, the lead single from recently announced twin album, Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star.

Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines will also be available as a special-edition illustrated album. The full-colour, hand-numbered, 32-page book illustrated by cartoonist Joshua Ray Stephens was conceptualised by working directly with Shabazz Palaces to interpret the album track-by-track, creating a cohesive whole that synchronises music and image. Printed in a large 11” x 17” format, with saddle-stitch binding, this limited-edition art piece further expands the ambitious universe of Quazarz and Shabazz Palaces. The illustrated album version of Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines will be released in collaboration with Fantagraphics Books on Friday August 18.

Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines by Shabazz Palaces is out Friday July 14
on Sub Pop via Inertia Music
Pre-order it here: https://Inertia.lnk.to/QVTJM

Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star by Shabazz Palaces is out Friday July 14
on Sub Pop via Inertia Music
Pre-order it here: https://Inertia.lnk.to/Quazarz