Shabazz Palaces & THEESatisfaction Share New Videos

Seattle genre-melding duos and Sub Pop labelmates Shabazz Palaces and THEESatisfaction each share a new music video from their newest LPs.

This past week, Seattle genre-melding duos and Sub Pop labelmates Shabazz Palaces and THEESatisfaction each dropped a deeply unique music video. The mellow doom of Shabazz Palaces' "Forerunner Foray," off their recent Lese Majesty LP, comes to life in a darkly vibrant video that features original drawings by musician/artist Chad Vangaalen. Over drum thuds and electronic whirs, the viewer initially lands on a neon-lit neglected street but then goes through a fantastical outer space of a 2001: A Space Odyssey-esque Star Child, a pizza-riding Magic Johnson, galloping horses, and a mirage of faces.

The absorbingly confounding nature of this piece is also found in the official visuals for "Recognition," the tensely quiet first single from THEESatisfaction's forthcoming EarthEE LP. Directed by Philadelphia-based filmmaker/visual artist Tiona McClodden, the video is an intriguing mix of starkness and warmth, placing stern faces against sunny walls and combining rigid postures with relaxed dances. McClodden compares these images, as she explains in her artist statement about the piece, to "Ancient Egyptian sunken relief sculptures," and the video does share the same staid beauty of those artworks. As Okayplayer previously reported, the video is also an engaging melding of the African-American artistic past and present as it has THEESatisfaction attending the homes of the late John Coltrane and Sun Ra while featuring profile shots of such contemporary figures as artist/designer Xenobia Bailey. Check out the two videos below. Shabazz Palaces’ Lese Majesty is out now and THEEsatisfaction's EarthEE will drop on February 24th, both via Sub Pop. 

Photo credits: Deeds Art

Tems Is Just Doing Her Thang In New Music Video 'Crazy Tings'

The Nigerian songstress is hell bent on taking over your summer playlist and it's getting harder to resist.

It has been a fantastic year for Tems. The Nigerian singer, producer, and songwriter achieved a platinum record for eternal banger Essence, her collaboration with fellow Nigerian superstar Wizkid, an MTV EMA nomination for Best African Artist, a billion worldwide video views, and over 350 million audio streams. Not to mention featuring on Canadian rapper Drake's blowout album Certified Lover Boy, the singer has also sold out every show she's booked.

The release of Tems's sophomore EP If Orange Was a Place solidified her place amongst the greats and it was received with gusto by fans and international audiences. A month after the release the Afrobeats singer has graced fans with a sultry music video to go along with equally as tantalizing lead single Crazy Tings. Conceptualized by the multitalented Tems, and directed by UAX, the music video follows a sensual Tems as she sings about needing space from a lying partner.

International audiences continue to rave over the songstress, with Tems delivering an impressive US TV debut on late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! this month. Essence continues to top international charts. While becoming the official song of the summer, the track peaked on the Billboard 100 Top 10, becoming the most Shazamed song in the United States and was remixed by Canadian musical heavyweight Justin Bieber, becoming the first song written by Nigerian artists to hit No.1 on Urban Radio.

Tems has been producing consistent hits since her debut in September 2020, and a year later, the singer's immense talent is securing her reputation as a world-class superstar.

Check out Tem's music video for single 'Crazy Tings' below

Tems - Crazy Tings (Official Video)

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