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Shabazz Palaces - "Forerunner Foray"

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NEW SHABAZZ PALACES! The previously loved Seattle hip hop project has released another track from its forthcoming record, Lese Majesty. Just like their last LP, this one is looking at a release via Sub Pop Records. The date: July 29th.

"Forerunner Foray" is equal parts hip hop and electronic psychedelia. Fluttering synth sequences, spacey rhythms, and a plethora of effects make up the sonic pallet of this instrumental. There are even some short vocal interludes that sound like they're being handled by someone in THEESatisfaction.

A lot of Ishmael Butler's lyrics come off confident and brag-laden, but any grander meaning is eluding me at the moment. Regardless, another interesting tidbit from this forthcoming record.

Deadkill - No, Never!

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One glance at the tracklist and album cover of No, Never! and you should know exactly what you're in for. The foreboding skull and terse tracks like "Guns," "Kill It Dead," and "Party Fight" indicate that this is the kind of no-bullshit punk/hard rock album that you've come to expect a band called Deadkill to make. If that's your bag, don't pass on their 2012 self-titled EP, streamable here.

No, Never! is out via Good to Die Records.

Helms Alee - "Tumescence"

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Next year, Seattle rock trio Helms Alee will put out their third studio album Sleepwalking Sailors. Above, check out the LP's simultaneously sludgy and sticky lead single "Tumescence." Seriously, the band's balance of trudging, Verellen-yelled verses and James and Margullis' lovely choruses is staggering, but also catchy-as-hell. Happy listening!

Sleepwalking Sailors is due out February 11 via Sargent House.


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The members of Seattle "spazzcore" quartet Postmadonna appear to be in desperate need of some Ritalin. But the animated, effervescent results of their latest self-titled effort are cause for us all to hope that they never want to shake their ADHD. Released earlier this year, Postmadonna is comprised of nine frenetic tracks that giddily and abruptly bounce from one math rock riff and prog-pop hook to the next; so many times within a single track that listeners will be left trying to catch their breath once the album's deceptively breezy 25-minutes are up. Stream the LP in full via the bandcamp widget above, and enjoy where the sugar rush takes you!

Blue Sky Black Death - "II" ft. Child Actor

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Seattle electronic music duo Blue Sky Black Death have taken things in a new direction with their new album Glaciers. Oh, their music is as lush and as chill as ever, but this new effort sees the twosome crafting sprawling ambient and instrumental hip hop odysseys that range from 8 to 14 minutes in length. Above, give a listen to the LP's second track, featuring a captivating vocal performance from Child Actor.

Glaciers is out now via Fake Four, and can be streamed in its entirety here. Enjoy!