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The Smiths get covered, DJ DB Burkeman on the Rolling Stones and more in this week's look at music

Shabazz Palaces: Lese Majesty Ishmael Butler—whose notoriety peaked in the mid ’90s when he became known as Butterfly, one-third of experimental trio Digable Planets—is a music veteran with impeccable taste and tenacity. His consistently fresh take on hip-hop is evident in Shabazz Palaces’ upcoming release Lese Majesty. The 45-minute sonic journey channels multiple eras and genres, the album flows from ambient hip-hop track to space …

Shabazz Palaces: Lese Majesty

The Smiths get covered, DJ DB Burkeman on the Rolling Stones and more in this week's look at music

Ishmael Butler—whose notoriety peaked in the mid ’90s when he became known as Butterfly, one-third of experimental trio Digable Planets—is a music veteran with impeccable taste and tenacity. His consistently fresh take on hip-hop is evident in Shabazz Palaces’ upcoming release Lese Majesty. The 45-minute sonic journey channels multiple eras and genres, the album flows from ambient hip-hop track to space jazz without missing a …

HTRK: Chinatown Style

The Smiths get covered, DJ DB Burkeman on the Rolling Stones and more in this week's look at music

London-via-Melbourne band HTRK (pronounced Hate Rock) has been creating music since 2003; recovering from bassist Sean Stewart’s suicide in 2010, HTRK released Psychic 9-5 Club earlier this year, their first recorded project as a duo. The LP is a further stripping down of their musical style, exploring themes of love and loss using the bare minimum of Standish’s sultry, delicate vocals and Yang’s new age, …