THEESatisfaction. Makers of self described “funk-psychedelic feminista sci-fi epics” with a good mix of jazz, hip-hop, warm 70s soul, and hardcore minimalist drum machine beats.
This Seattle duo has been getting a fair amount of attention recently around the blaawg-o-sphere, and it is rightfully deserved. There is a very good chance you’ve already been listening to them, but if you haven’t nows the time to jump on one of the best musical bandwagon’s in recent memory.
THEESatisfaction’s tracks are often short bursts of hypnotic loops are pre-programmed machine beats. They sample old jazz, and often harken back to 70s and 80s dance music with retro sounding synth. Both Stasia Iron (who raps) and Cat Harris-White have mesmerizing voices and deliveries. Harris-White calls to mind India.Arie and Erykah Badu, while Iron’s rapping style is a great break from the hyper active approach many popular acts use these days. She gives her rhymes a lot more space, and it adds another layer to their hypnotic music.
They released their label debut last year on Sub-Pop, but they’ve been making music together since 2008, and a lot of it is available on their bandcamp, so if you haven’t given them a shot yet, now is definitely the time.