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When two hyper-creative entities clash, the product isn't always greater than the sum of its parts. In fact, it can sound awkward, forced, or worse

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Shabazz Palaces Remixes Battles; All Is Right In The World

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When two hyper-creative entities clash, the product isn't always greater than the sum of its parts. In fact, it can sound awkward, forced, or worse yet: boring. Creativity sometimes needs space, and isn't always an additive quality. So when Battles set out to assemble their Dross Glop 12" series--which consists of remixed songs from their superb 2011 album, Gloss Drop--they certainly knew they had to choose their collaborators wisely. It's no surprise then, that they reached out to (among others) hometown boys Shabazz Palaces. Two bands, it deserves mention, that took home top honors at the fictional Grammy Awards that took place inside my head last night.

The remixed track in question is the fairly hard-rocking "White Electric", which Palaceer Lazaro and Co. strip down and make bob and sway like a boxer in feathered cap. When separated, the guitar elements make great ladders and windows for Lazaro to scale and swing through with his rhymes, which are wandering and echoey. He's great here as he's always been at using his voice as an instrument. After a verse, the track takes off on a number of different tangents, each backed by a fashionable kick and snare tap. All in all, the song's extremely fresh, and I recommend a listen. So do so after the jump...

 
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