afrofuturism

Shabazz Palaces Resist Profiling on Elusive ‘Exotic Birds of Prey’

Shabazz Palaces Resist Profiling on Elusive ‘Exotic Birds of Prey’

Following Robed in Rareness from last fall, Shabazz Palaces continues a provisional series with the cryptic and digressive Exotic Birds of Prey.

‘Robed in Rareness’ Elaborates Shabazz Palaces’ Afrofuturism

‘Robed in Rareness’ Elaborates Shabazz Palaces’ Afrofuturism

On Robed in Rareness, Ishmael Butler aka Shabazz Palaces takes yet another step in his forward-thinking, far-sighted project of Afrofuturistic hip-hop.

Jake Blount Transforms Old Tradition for ‘The New Faith’

Jake Blount Transforms Old Tradition for ‘The New Faith’

Jake Blount reworks traditional spirituals for a future setting on The New Faith and wonders what black music will sound like after climate change.

Manifesto ‘Rest Is Resistance’ Will Make You Crave a Nap

Manifesto ‘Rest Is Resistance’ Will Make You Crave a Nap

If a manifesto isn’t angry, it must rely on humor. The Nap Minister Tricia Hersey’s manifesto, Rest Is Resistance, struggles to compel one to inaction.

‘The Futuristic Sounds of Sun Ra’ Gets Its Most Crucial Reissue

‘The Futuristic Sounds of Sun Ra’ Gets Its Most Crucial Reissue

The Futuristic Sounds of Sun Ra hearkens back to Sun Ra’s big band roots and his determination to create a genuine exploration of otherworldly space.

Ibibio Sound Machine Bring the Electrofunk with Hot Chip-Produced ‘Electricity’

Ibibio Sound Machine Bring the Electrofunk with Hot Chip-Produced ‘Electricity’

Ibibio Sound Machine hit new heights as they draw on the power of musical currents flowing between Lagos and London on the Hot Chip-produced Electricity.

Experimental Duo Raja Kirik ‘Rampoken’

Experimental Duo Raja Kirik ‘Rampoken’

Indonesian experimental duo Raja Kirik force a scuffle between seemingly disparate entities, at once alarming, joyous, and defiant on Rampoken.

Moor Mother Makes Accessible and Challenging Music on ‘Black Encyclopedia of the Air’

Moor Mother Makes Accessible and Challenging Music on ‘Black Encyclopedia of the Air’

Black Encyclopedia of the Air from Philly-based poet and musician Moor Mother fuses activist hip-hop with a warm, jazzy groove and an experimental spirit.

Manifest Technique: The Cosmic Vision of Afro-Filipino Futurism (Excerpt)

Manifest Technique: The Cosmic Vision of Afro-Filipino Futurism (Excerpt)

In this excerpt of Mark R. Villegas’ Manifest Technique, we vibe with ISP’s avant-garde turntablism spinning Filipino alienation.

Rey Sapienz and the Congo Techno Ensemble Debut with Viscerally Stunning ‘Na Zala Zala’

Rey Sapienz and the Congo Techno Ensemble Debut with Viscerally Stunning ‘Na Zala Zala’

Rey Sapienz and the Congo Techno Ensemble’s jarring electronics and vocals are distressing by design, telling stories through multiple musical dimensions and flexing their skill for invention.

Floating Points and Pharoah Sanders Create Experimental Electrojazz on ‘Promises’

Floating Points and Pharoah Sanders Create Experimental Electrojazz on ‘Promises’

Sparseness aside, there is an explosive energy lurking just under the surface of Floating Points and Pharoah Sanders’ Promises.

Pharoah Sanders and Floating Points Find Solace in Open Space on ‘Promises’

Pharoah Sanders and Floating Points Find Solace in Open Space on ‘Promises’

Perhaps it’s reverence for the power of the expansive that makes Floating Points and Pharoah Sanders such a dynamic combination on Promises, their breathtaking collaboration.