Published May 24, 2017Shabazz Palaces have not one, but two new albums set to arrive in July, with Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star and Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines. Before the two efforts arrive, the group have shared another cut from the former called "Since C.A.Y.A."
The "elastic and transportive" track features bass work from Thundercat, while the group's Ishmael Butler and Erik Blood handled production duties as Knife Knights. In how the song fits into the first record's narrative, the group offered this statement from protagonist the Palaceer:
In the era of Quazarz youth, the Central District of Seattle, Washington shone wildly vibrant and pulsed strong like the muscles of the heart. Brave Forerunners, from warm points south, had arrived settled and soon began to born and unleash dazzle of all sorts from this green remote. It was here on a sunny, July day over a free lunch at the C.A.Y.A. baseball field watching the Frontiersman smash an east side club to dust, that Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star — with confused terror then resolute determination — first looked his dreams in the eye. Thee rest as they say, is mystery. The Heritage House, Lowe's Grocery and One Stop Burgers are gone; fact is, from that glorious epoch there remain few vestiges... I'm one of them.
Both Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star and Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines will arrive through Sub Pop on July 14. Hear "Since C.A.Y.A." in the player below.