Back in 2014, Seattle rapper Porter Ray caught the attention of Shabazz Palaces (and Digable Planets) member Ishmael Butler, who then signed him to Sub Pop. This year, Porter finally released his debut album for the label, Watercolor, and it features several collaborations with Shabazz Palaces members as well as members of Shabazz's pals/collaborators/Sub Pop labelmates THEESatisfaction. The album's production is rooted in atmospheric jazz and experimental electronics that Shabazz and THEESatisfaction fans should dig, but Porter raps more like an earthling than his labelmates. The album's worth checking out and you can stream it, and watch the video for "Past Life," below.

Porter is opening all August and September tour dates for Shabazz Palaces, who released not one but two new albums last week (stream/review). The tour includes a Brooklyn show on September 6 at Warsaw (tickets). All dates are listed below.

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Shabazz Palaces -- 2017 Tour Dates
Aug. 16 - Portland, OR - The Star Theater*
Aug. 18 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall*
Aug. 19 - Los Angeles, CA - The Regent Theatre*
Aug. 20 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom*
Aug. 21 - El Paso, TX - Lowbrow*
Aug. 23 - Austin, TX - Mohawk (Outdoor Stage)*
Aug. 24 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada*
Aug. 25 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon*
Aug. 26 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West*
Aug. 27 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm*
Aug. 28 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle*
Aug. 30 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups*
Aug. 31 - Detroit, MI - El Club*
Sep. 01 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace*
Sep. 02 - Montreal, QC - Theatre Fairmount*
Sep. 03 - Quebec City, QC - Le Cercle
Sep. 05 - Boston, MA - The Sinclair*
Sep. 06 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw*
Sep. 07 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer*
Sep. 08 - Washington, DC - Black Cat*
Sep. 09 - Baltimore, DC - Ottobar*
Sep. 11 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall
Sep. 15 - 17 - Chicago, IL - Riot Fest at Douglas Park
Oct. 06 - Copenhagen, DK - Jazz House
Oct. 07 - Stockholm, SE - Debaser Strand
Oct. 08 - Oslo, NO - Parkteateret
Oct. 09 -Gotheburg, SE - Pustervik
Oct. 11 - Helsinki, FI - Kuudes Linja
Oct. 12 – Tallinn, Estonia -Sinilind
Oct. 13 - Riga, LV - Skaņu Mežs festival
Oct. 17 - Bratislava, SK - A4 Zero Space
Oct. 19 - Ljubljana, SI - Kino Siska
Oct. 20 - Istanbul, TR - Garaj
Oct. 21 - Vienna, AT - Arena
Oct. 22 - Prague, CZ - StrunyPodzimu Festival
Oct. 23 - Berlin, DE - Gretchen
Oct. 26 - Dudingen, CH - Bad Bonn
Oct. 27 - Zurich, CH - Rote Fabrik
Oct. 28 - Geneva, CH - La Graviere
Oct. 30 - Paris, FR - Batofar
Nov. 03 - Dublin, IE - Sugar Club
Nov. 06 - London, UK - Oval Space
Nov. 07 - Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute
Nov. 08 - Glasgow, UK - Art School
Nov. 10 - Brussels, BE - AB
Nov. 09-12 - Utrecht, NL - Le Guess Who? Festival

* - w/ Porter Ray