Album Preview: “Lese Majesty” by Shabazz Palaces

Lese MajestyAlbum
Lese Majesty

Artist
Shabazz Palaces

Release Date
Tuesday, July 29

Label
Sub Pop

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Shabazz Palaces, an experimental hip-hop duo consisting of Ishamael Butler and Tendai Maraire, may not have released their first songs together until 2009, but they’ve been a part of the rap scene longer than some of its members have been alive. Butler got his start MCing in the early 90s with the jazz-rap collective Digable Planets, a trio who went on to release two full lengths—Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space) in 1993 and Blowout Comb in 1994—but split in 1995 due to creative differences.

All stayShabazz Palacesed quiet on the duo’s front until two mysterious EPs popped up in 2009. Aptly titled Of Light and Shabazz Palaces, the exploratory EPs immediately caught the eyes of the big wigs at Sub Pop Records. They signed Shabazz Palaces that year as one of the few hip-hop acts on a rock-oriented label.

Of LightIn 2011, Shabazz Palaces released their debut LP, Black Up, an album that finds the duo continuing to craft forward-thinking hip-hop both lyrically and sonically: its beats blow your mind—and make you want to move too; Butler’s lyrics could stand solo as poems and they’d still be pretty darn great.

Shabazz Palaces will release their follow up, Lese Majesty, next Tuesday. Based on what I’ve heard, it appears the collective is again shifting sonically forward. When Black Up was released, it felt like hip-hop made for another planet. Excitingly, Lese Majesty sounds like it was made for another galaxy.

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Video Transcript

Kayla: Hey everyone, a new album release is coming to Murfie on Tuesday, July 29th. Shabazz Palaces are coming out with Lese Majesty. So James, you’re a fan—what are your thoughts on the new album release?

James: It’s a wonderful surprise. I had no idea they were coming out with new material until it was announced. And that’s actually how I discovered them in the first place. I was at my local record store and the owner said, “Hey, do you like Digable Planets?”—Which I did, I really appreciated their fusion of jazz and hip hop. And he said, “Here’s some new material by that guy from Digable Planets.” He was referring to Ishmael Butler, or “Butterfly.” The album—this was a few years ago—it was Black Up by Shabazz Palaces. It’s a fusion of experimental electronic music and hip hop, and it’s unlike anything else from that time. The new album proves to be more of the same—more of a lush astral electronic landscape with Ishmael Butler’s socially conscious rhymes.

Kayla: Awesome. You guys can check it out for yourself—it’s on our pre-order page, murfie.com/preorder.

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Album Preview – “Trouble in Paradise” by La Roux

Trouble in ParadiseAlbum
Trouble in Paradise

Artist
La Roux

Release Date
July 21, 2014

Label
Interscope Records

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Synthpop sensation La Roux is releasing their long-awaited sophomore album next week, entitled Trouble in Paradise. Singer and frontwoman Elly Jackson has taken the reigns on the new album after a recent split with longtime creative partner and producer Ben Langmaid.

La RouxLa Roux has enjoyed success since the late 2000s. Their self-titled album, an electrically-fueled synthesizer dance pop masterpiece, earned the group a Grammy Award in 2011 for Best Electronic/Dance Album. The band began to amass a global audience as they toured the world and made television appearances throughout America.

My Beautiful Dark Twisted FantasyOther artists quickly took notice of Elly Jackson’s talent and unique persona. She provided vocals for several tracks on Kanye West’s 2010 mega-hit My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. After a two-year hiatus beginning in 2011, La Roux began the writing process for their second album. It was during this time that producer Ben Langmaid left the group, leaving Jackson as the main creative force.

Trouble in Paradise promises to live up to the expectations of it’s predecessor without relying on emulation. Jackson has stated that the new album has a “cheekier” sound than their debut smash, and that she herself will be playing more live instruments to create a fresher sound.

A music video for the first single, “Let Me Down Gently,” is available for viewing and is already generating a positive buzz for the new album. Check it out below!

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Kayla: Hi guys, another album release is coming to Murfie on Tuesday, July 22nd. La Roux is coming out with Trouble in Paradise. La Roux is an electronic synth pop act, with mainly one person doing everything—Elly. Electronic music is really popular nowadays, but I’m glad to hear that this new album is going to incorporate some acoustic instruments in the mix, a fusion of old and new. Another thing to note is Elly, the main person in La Roux, has amazing hair, and you can see on the first album cover and this one too. She’s looking fabulous sitting on a car, so the whole image surrounding the music I think is really fitting. Especially with the name of the band, La Roux, which could be translated as “The Redhead.” So the new album comes out July 22nd. See if it lives up to the expectations. It’s on our pre-order page, murfie.com/preorder.

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A teaser from Trouble in Paradise

La Roux

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Album Preview: “Mandatory Fun” by Weird Al Yankovic

Mandatory FunAlbum
Mandatory Fun

Artist
Weird Al Yankovic

Release Date
Tuesday, July 15

Label
RCA

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Very few artists are able to successfully splice comedy into music, yet Weird Al Yankovic has enjoyed a prolific career spanning over three decades. From his humble beginnings with comedy radio in the late 1970’s, Weird Al has established himself as the uncontested King of Pop Parody.

Michael Jackson even worseWeird Al has sold over 12 million albums and has won 3 Grammy Awards. He is a cultural chameleon: The 1980s saw Weird Al portraying comical caricatures of Michael Jackson and Devo. The 1990s brought iconic parodies of Nirvana and Coolio. Recently, Weird Al earned his first Top-Ten Billboard album with his 2006 release Straight Outta Lynwood

Weird Al - Off the Deep EndThe release of Mandatory Fun has been shrouded in mystery. Weird Al himself began to release mysterious images and teaser trailers only last month. Al commented on his own Facebook page, “A lot of people have been wondering when I’m going to release the lead single for “Mandatory Fun.” Well, here’s the thing… there IS no “lead single” for my new album. I’ll be releasing 12 “singles” all at once on July 15 – so you can decide for YOURSELF which songs are the hits!”

The Essential Weird AlAdditionally, Weird Al plans to release no less than 8 new music videos to promote the album. It seems safe to say that Mandatory Fun will be a massively entertaining and extremely listenable satire on today’s pop music.

Pre-order Mandatory Fun today on Murfie, and get it in your collection on July 15th! Each CD comes with unlimited streaming (Web, iOS, Android, Sonos) and downloads in mp3, aac, FLAC and ALAC. 

Album Preview : “Redeemer of Souls” by Judas Priest

Judas Priest Redeemer of SoulsAlbum
Redeemer of Souls

Artist
Judas Priest

Release Date
Tuesday, July 8th

Label
Epic

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Heavy metal icons Judas Priest are celebrating their 40-year anniversary as a band with a new release. Redeemer of Souls promises to bring their sound back to the definitive “leather and metal” roots that Judas Priest popularized in the 1980s.

Screaming For Vengeance by Judas Priest

Finding mainstream success with albums such as Point of Entry and Screaming for Vengeance, the band has recorded 17 albums which have sold over 50 million copies worldwide.

In 2006, MTV crowned Judas Priest as “The Greatest Metal Band of All Time.”

Singer and frontman Rob Halford is often hailed as having one of metal’s most distinctive voices. The band has chronicled 26 tours during their tenure as a group, oftentimes traveling around the world to promote their newest releases.

Redeemer of SoulsPoint of Entry by Judas Priest is being hyped as an homage to the band’s original sound. Following a brief “experimental” period in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the band has listened to fans’ requests for an album in the same musical vein as their exemplary releases of the 1980s.

Guitarist Glenn Tipton has stated: “From start to finish, Redeemer of Souls is 18 songs of pure classic Priest metal.” Hear for yourself on July 8th!

A teaser from Redeemer of Souls

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Album Preview: “x” by Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran XAlbum
x

Artist
Ed Sheeran

Release date
Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Label
Atlantic

Purchase link
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Ed Sheeran‘s first major album release, + (pronounced “plus”), was one of the best-selling debut albums in the UK. 125391-largeSheeran had previously released 5 EPs himself, but his commercial breakthrough with + in 2011 quickly got him international acclaim, along with the attention of seasoned musicians like Elton John and Jamie Foxx. Now with his second studio release on the close horizon, the buzz is picking up again, and critics and fans alike are expecting another round of fun, soulful pop that’s enjoyable to listen to.

Wish You Were HereIn 2012, Sheeran kept the momentum going by touring with indie rock aficionados Snow Patrol. He also scored a spot at the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony, where he performed a cover of the classic Pink Floyd song “Wish You Were Here.”

125267-largeA strength of Sheeran’s is his songwriting. Not just for his own music, but for his peers in the music industry as well. In 2013, he toured with Taylor Swift, one of America’s most popular pop country stars, and made a co-writing contribution to her wildly successful album Red. He’s also lent a hand writing with UK superstars One Direction.

The HobbitRecently, Sheeran wrote and recorded a song for the film The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, called “I See Fire”. It plays during the credits, and also appears on the soundtrack. With so many great experiences under his belt, Sheeran’s upcoming album x (pronounced “multiply”) is sure to keep him on the right track.

 

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Video transcript
Kayla: “Hey guys, another album release is coming to Murfie on Monday, June 23rd: Ed Sheeran‘s new album ‘Multiply’, represented like an ‘x‘. I think that Ed has a lot going for him. He’s really young, and he’s also got a great funny personality that really comes through in his music videos and his social media presence. So this new album has Pharrell Williams as a producer. Pharrell also appears on the song ‘Sing’, with the music video already up on YouTube. Some things that Ed has done in the past that I really like: He contributed a song to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug soundtrack, it’s called ‘I See Fire’ and it plays during the credits. It’s a beautiful song which really showcases Ed’s great songwriting skills. Also, I really enjoy the music video for ‘Drunk’ off of his last album, because it features a cat as one of the stars in the video. I think it’s hilarious and very well done. So the new album comes out June 23rd, you can check it out for yourself—it’s on our pre-order page, murfie.com/preorder.”

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