Track Review: THEESatisfaction “EarthEE” [ft. Shabazz Palaces, Porter Ray and Erik Blood]

(Crossposted from Pitchfork, 2/6/2015)

Seattle R&B duo THEESatisfaction first surfaced as guests on Shabazz Palaces‘ 2011 album Black Up. They would later arrest the internet’s attention with the 2012 video for awE naturalE highlight “QueenS”, a sensuous celebration of black beauty. Now space is the place for rapper Stas Irons and vocalist Cat Harris-White on their upcoming sophomore LP, EarthEE. A follow-up to their Afrofuturistic meditation, “Recognition”, the title track ripples with cosmic incantations. Harris-White commands with the intoxicating force of a priestess: “Loosen up my mind/ Lengthen and unwind/ Release, one time.” Shabazz Palaces’ Ishmael Butler and emerging MC Porter Ray share reverent verses of their own, the former reading like a personals ad seeking a moment of transcendence with a celestial goddess.

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