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Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines

by Shabazz Palaces

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  • Streaming + Download

    Pre-order of Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines. You get 3 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it's released.
    releases July 14, 2017

      $10 USD  or more

     

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Limited edition purple & blue swirl colored vinyl available while supplies last.

    Includes digital pre-order of Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines. You get 3 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it's released.
    digital album releases July 14, 2017
    item ships out on or around July 7, 2017

      $18 USD or more 

     

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    CD copy of the album in a digipak gatefold sleeve.

    Includes digital pre-order of Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines. You get 3 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it's released.
    digital album releases July 14, 2017
    item ships out on or around July 7, 2017

      $12 USD or more 

     

  • Cassette + Digital Album

    Purple tint shell with white ink in clear box with 4 panel J card.

    Includes digital pre-order of Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines. You get 3 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it's released.
    digital album releases July 14, 2017
    item ships out on or around July 13, 2017

      $7 USD or more 

     

  • 'Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines' will also be available as a special-edition illustrated album: illustrated by cartoonist Joshua Ray Stephens this full-color, 32-page book includes a download code for the full album. Joshua Ray Stephens worked directly with Shabazz Palaces to interpret the album track-by-track, creating a cohesive whole that synchronizes 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 18th. This limited edition item will be printed in a hand-numbered run of 1,000 copies. It does not include a physical format version of the album, only the book and download code.
    shipping out on or around August 11, 2017

      $25 USD or more 

     

  • T-Shirt/Apparel

    American Apparel 100% cotton t-shirt.
    shipping out on or around July 7, 2017

      $20 USD or more 

     

  • T-Shirt/Apparel

    American Apparel 100% cotton t-shirt.
    shipping out on or around July 7, 2017

      $20 USD or more 

     

  • Full Digital Discography

    Get all 4 Shabazz Palaces releases available on Bandcamp and save 10%.

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines, Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star, Black Up, and Lese Majesty. , and , .

      $36 USD (10% OFF)

     

1.
Welcome to Quazarz
2.
Gorgeous Sleeper Cell
3.
Self-Made Follownaire
4.
Atlaantis
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Love in the time of Kanye (feat. Purple Tape Nate)
9.
Sabonim in the Saab on 'em
10.
The SS Quintessence
11.
Late night phone calls (feat. Laz)
12.
Quazarz on 23rd

about

Quazarz came to the Earth from somewhere else, a musical ambassador from his place to ours. Somehow, through fire or through fury, the Palaceer of Shabazz Palaces caught wind of the tale, and it is through his prism that we hear the story.

The beach was there, and Atlaantiis, and chemical alterations and cell memories and Andre Norton, Richard K. Morgan, and always Octavia Butler. There were killings and there were votes, and brutality in both. There was sound and there were other worlds, and there was a vastness so participation sometimes came only at the edges. And the Palaceer coasted down with the alien notion, like Quazarz, and so became.

On Quazarz when they look at this place they see the inhabitants, the humans, but they don’t assess as we do. And so Quazarz was sent to meet a cat with vibration, a creative and courageous, caring, compassionate dude that stood out. The dude was a drug dealer, but that was neither here nor there, until his dealings squashed the rendezvous, leaving our alien alone to figure out what this place is really all about.

Coming from a simpler, more essential, innocent place, the hero could not make heads nor tails of most advancements. From an aerial view, he saw that a good percentage of earthly vibrations were on very small squares and it became his belief that this world was very disposable and the spans short. His opinion was not of anything good nor bad but simply the truth. The machines—he noted—though at the behest of their master’s voice, are scorned, and jealous as all hell.

And so the tale is told while surfing on the board of Shabazz Palaces, with its sturdy base angled for takeoff on a new trajectory. There is new blood and space and room to be different and have different assets and different art and different ways to talk and also open up some space inside to do something new. There are pages and there are drawings, and color and faces and inked dialogues written in ancient futuristic hieroglyph. There are scales and there is melody and there are Sunny days and there is Darkness, but that—it should be noted—to the Palaceer is not a lack of illumination or brightness. Maybe it is dark, but in it is always optimism and joy, a bright darkness and a full, hopeful one as well.

It comes in gold, and it comes for the night. And so Quazarz sang the Jealous Machines. And so too did the Jealous Machines sing the Gangster Star.

*Please note: the Illustrated Album format of this album will be released a month later and any orders that include the Illustrated Album format will not ship until that item is ready to ship out. You will still be able to download the album on 7/14.

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