The rumours have been confirmed: after two successful self-edited EPs—both self-titled and almost the length of an album ( still available here)— Shabazz Palaces have just signed for Sub Pop. Another band determined to give pop and guitar-based rock the umpteenth turn of the screw? No, this is something different. We are talking about a diffuse collective devoted to avant-garde rap. Shabazz Palaces is led by Ishmael Butler, a former member of Digable Planets, frontman of Cherrywine and, what a coincidence, a cousin of Gonjasufi. You will have to make do with this and his previous albums because at the moment Butler is not keen on talking about his new stuff. His debut album is due out early next year. In the meantime, we at least can enjoy some recent Shabazz Palaces’s songs and videos.