If you were certain that Shabazz Palaces could not surpass the greatness of Black Up (2011), which itself surpassed two numinously titled EPs, Eagles Soar, Oil Flows and The Seven New (2009), you will find yourself in error on this day, the day Sup Pop releases Lese Majesty. The album is Shabazz Palaces’ most accomplished artistic achievement yet. The music is like a swirling cloud of interstellar dust and gas, and the raps sound like a transmission from the edge of an event horizon—the border between the galactic known and unknown. What this album says to me, track after track: Seattle is a place to be. (Sub Pop Mega Mart, megamart.subpop.com, $10–$24)

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