January 31, 2012  ⁄  SHABAZZ PALACES

Hip-hop experimentalists Shabazz Palaces and Seattle tastemakers, Sub Pop records, are a bit of an odd couple. Sub Pop defined the early 90s by launching grunge’s smack-stained flannel into the public consciousness and ‘Palaces aside, adhere to a strict policy of only signing guitar bands.

Are You… Can You… Were you? [Felt] is the latest track from last year’s much-acclaimed LP, Black Up, to get a slick music video and has enough rapidly flashing flower images to give bees a seizure. If the Shabazz boys keep crafting these silky smooth jams, Seattle might someday be known for something other than Nirvana, Starbucks, Frasier Crane and high suicide rates.