Just a quick, early head’s up about an exciting new development in Seattle hiphop: Check out Shabazz Palaces’ two CDs, available here and at Retail Therapy. Local shoegaze-rock mensch Erik Blood produced them; the MC sounds a lot like Ishmael "Butterfly" Butler from Digable Planets, but the project’s shrouded in secrecy… and saturated in awesome. Think a laidback Clipse without the booger-sugar obsession. It’s special. King Britt is a fan. (Also, props to anyone who samples Lightnin’ Rod’s Hustlers Convention.)

More later.