THEESatisfaction “Recognition” (Sub Pop)
Seattle-based spacefunk/funk’nroll duo THEESatisfaction released their debut album “awE naturalE” on local Sub Pop records in 2012 – it’s a good’un, so check it out if you haven’t already (I’ll wait…). Now, a new track – ‘Recognition’ – is currently making the rounds as the first taster from forthcoming sophomore effort, “EarthEE” (to be released in February, also on SubPop), featuring vocal contributions from long-time collaborators and fellow travellers (and Seattleites), hip hop collaborative Shabazz Palaces.
Where much of the debut seemed informed, sonically, by 80s soul and Native Tongues’ era hip hop, this new track has more of a heavy, tripped out 70s soul/psychedelic vibe – think Sun Ra, Funkadelic, Gil Scott-Heron. Repeated, hypnotic spoken word phrases (‘no work goes without/recognition’) over tabla and conga drums starburst into a middle third filled with spacejam synths and righteous, wailing vocals, before returning to the beginning. A tidy, 2:30 minutes plus groove. Looking forward to the rest of the album.
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