The unique use of sound and space in Shabazz Palaces’ Black Up easily makes it one of the best albums of 2011. The project helmed by Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler of Digable Planets is going to get some huge attention when that record finally drops next week via Sup Pop, but NPR is doing its usual great job of saving you some waiting time by having Black Up streaming in full over on its website. “It's a dissonant listening experience, but it's richly rewarding, revealing something new with each spin,” say the notes accompanying the stream, which is a succinct and highly accurate summary of this album’s unique power. Check out Black Up for a limited time via this link.
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