Shabazz Palaces - The Don Of Diamond Dreams

Limited Clear w/ Silver Swirl Coloured Vinyl LP Record

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The Don Of Diamond Dreams is the fifth studio album by American hip hop duo Shabazz Palaces, released in April 2020 via Sub Pop Records.

Shabazz Palaces debut album for Sub Pop records Black Up (2011), was recently hailed as one of the best albums of the decade by outlets like Pitchfork, Gorilla Vs Bear, and Variety. Pitchfork summed it up thusly: “Black Up is drowned in murky instrumentals and bombastic, introspective rhymes. The sounds flirt with jazz but also root themselves in a firm understanding of silence, or the sparse magic of simplicity. The songs teem with unexpected climaxes...From great mystery exploded an album of impossible vision.”

That “impossible vision” has continued to confound and engage Shabazz Palaces fans over the course of four acclaimed albums and two EPs. Each release feels like an evolution, letting the music speak for itself, while slowly revealing more about its creator.

With The Don of Diamond Dreams, the group’s fifth album, that spirit remains, this time embracing modernism in hip-hop and rap. Featuring ten tracks over 43 minutes, the album features the highlights “Fast Learner (ft. Purple Tape Nate),” “Chocolate Souffle,” “Bad Bitch Walking (ft. Stas THEE Boss), and “Thanking The Girls.”

The album also features contributions from singer/keyboardist Darrius Willrich, Seattle’s OCnotes (who collaborated with Shabazz leader Ishmael Butler on the KnifeKnights project), Los Angeles musician Carlos Overall, and bassist Evan Flory-Barnes.

The Don of Diamond Dreams was recorded throughout 2019 and produced by Shabazz Palaces at Protect and Exalt: A Black Space in Seattle, mixed and engineered by Erik Blood at Studio 4 Labs in Venice, California, and mastered by Scott Sedillo at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Los Angeles.

This album is a limited edition “loser” edition on clear with silver swirl coloured vinyl and digital download code, pressed in the US via Sub Pop.

(098787133516)

Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

Time

A1

Portal North: Panthera

0:17

A2

Ad Ventures

4:43

A3

Fast Learner

5:34

A4

Wet

3:19

A5

Chocolate Souffle

5:00

B1

Portal South: Micah

0:20

B2

Bad Bitch Walking

6:18

B3

Money Yoga

5:28

B4

Thanking The Girls

4:02

B5

Reg Walks By The Looking Glass

7:07

SKU 098787133516
Record Label Sub Pop
Label / Model # Independent
Catalogue Number SP1335
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 17 April 2020
Original Release Date (Year) 17 April 2020
Barcode # 098787133516
Shipping Weight 0.2800kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986000m3
Type New
Format Limited Loser Edition LP Record, Clear w/ Silver Swirl Coloured Vinyl, Digital Download Code
Vinyl Colour Coloured
Genre Hip Hop
Format VINYL LP

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