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Friday, January 18, 2013

The Intimate History of Shabazz Palaces and The Helio Sequence

Posted by on Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 5:24 PM

I wrote this back in 2002....

Earlier this year, the smoothest rapper in the history of hiphop, Ishmael Butler—who was in Digable Planets and is now in Cherry Wine—would spot me at the # 7 bus stop near Columbia City and offer me a ride to Capitol Hill, where I work. During the drive, he'd play Portland's Helio Sequence, a band that impressed him immensely. Helio Sequence's music has the blur and exhaustion of rock with lots of glittering electronic effects. It's smart and ethereal, and I think this is the reason why Butler liked it. As a person, Butler is less real than ethereal, and the music he made with Digable Planets was ethereal hiphop, and the name of his current band, Cherry Wine, is utterly ethereal. In a word, Cherry Wine and Helio Sequence should cut a record.

Ishmael Butler formed Shabazz Palaces with Tendai Maraire around 2007. In 2010, Shabazz Palaces signed to Sub Pop. This year...
The Helio Sequence and Shabazz Palaces exchange remixes,
kick-off 2013 tour dates! Shabazz Palaces “Recollections of The Wraith” [(Lean) The Helio Sequence Remix] +
The Helio Sequence “Harvester of Souls” [Shabazz Palaces Remix]...

You can hear the excellent remixes here...
  • Sub Pop

Sub Pop label mates Shabazz Palaces and The Helio Sequence will kick-off their previously announced, 2013 co-headlining tour tonight, January 18 in Birmingham, AL at the Bottle Tree and wrap up on January 31 in Bloomington, IN at The Bishop Bar.

Somethings were meant to be.


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douchus 1
Why oh why must they skirt just south of Ohio... Sad face.
Posted by douchus on January 19, 2013 at 10:23 AM · Report this
Larry Mizell, Jr. 2
i can't speak for the dudes but last time we drove thru ohio it was kinda scaaary.
Posted by Larry Mizell, Jr. on January 19, 2013 at 11:57 AM · Report this

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