Title: Loves Erykah Badu
Released: January 28, 2013
Hood: Seattle, Washington USA
Genre(s): R&B, Soul, Hip-Hop, Psychedelica
We got hip to these Seattle ladies last year when we strolled into Other Music, one of the best of the remaining record stores in Manhattan. After snooping around a bit, our guy asked if we had heard this group, TheeSatisfaction (Catherine Harris-White & Stasia Irons). We hadn’t but took a chance. That album, awE NaturalE, was released on SubPop records shortly before I walked into the shop. Luckily, a speaking engagement at Stanford took us out to the West Coast, where we needed to be to hear this record for the first time. Full of very abstract beats, rhymes and grooves, their song needed to be heard where it could breath. Thus, on highway 280, we slid the CD in and just listened. Although every song was not a banger, per se, we could see where this duo was going and decided to keep them on our radar.Then came their tribute to Anita Baker and now this tribute of sorts to soul singers, Erykah Badu. No matter what you say about these ladies, they know where they are coming from and have been hustling to get where they are going.
This album is no classic by any stretch of the imagination. It contains a lot of E. Badu loops and sounds and feels a bit trippy and disjointed…like a bunch of unfinished ideas that got released before being fully baked. It sounds like Aphex Twin had a baby with Betty Davis and then gave that baby up for adoption to Brian Eno. A little weird but worth checking out.
1. IThink 01:55
2. IKnoulove(me) 03:39
3. Game BLOUSES 02:10
4. Effing Your Friends 02:45
5. Stars Set In 01:44
6. Wrong Turn 03:24
7. Refresh 02:06
Favorite Tracks: Game Bl0uses, Refresh
THEESatisfaction is an American R&B hip hop duo based in Seattle consisting of rapper Stasia “Stas” Iron and singer Catherine “Cat” Harris-White.
Stas was born and raised in Tacoma, Cat in Hawaii and Seattle. The pair met in 2008 while attending the University of Washington. Stas, the rapper of the duo, frequented Cat’s open mic performances. Stas recalls, “I was attracted to Cat’s voice, I would go to the open mic and close my eyes and zone out whenever she sang. I finally had the courage to speak to her it took a while.”
In 2011, Sub Pop Records signed the duo after hearing their guest-track on Shabazz Palaces’ 2011 Black Up album.