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THEESatisfaction - Awe Naturale
Label: Sub Pop – SP960
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Released: 27 Mar 2012
Genre: Hip Hop
A1 Awe 0:50
A2 Bitch 1:28
A3 Earthseed 2:34
A4 Queens 3:06
A5 Existinct 2:10
A6 Deeper 3:46
B1 Sweat 3:01
B2 Juiced 1:42
B3 God 3:15
B4 Enchantruss 2:51
B5 Needs 2:37
B6 Crash 1:00
B7 Naturale 2:06
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Matrix / Runout (Side A): SP-960-A GOLDEN 20300.1
Matrix / Runout (Side B): SP-960-B GOLDEN 20300.2
THEESatisfaction are Catherine Harris-White and Stasia Irons and they hail from Seattle formerly the grunge capital of the US. Despite being on the Sub Pop label their music alternatively couldn't be further away from the hard rock legacy of Nirvana or Soundgarden if they tried.
"Awe Naturale" is easily the most interesting and intelligent debut album of 2012 thus far and its short time span barely clocking over 30 minutes it has enough variety to entertain the Queen at the London Palladium.
Harris White and Irons have constructed within this tight time parameter an album that fuses together jazzy vibes, ultra cool hip hop, good old fashioned disco and a large dripping of funk. As a band they send you back to that creative vein that De la Soul so brilliantly mined on the groundbreaking "3 foot high and rising" when hip hop could have taken a more friendly and playful turn in a new "Daisy Age" before it detoured into a preoccupation with gangsters and guns.
THEESatisfaction first announced their arrival in 2011 when they appeared Ishmael Butler's Shabazz Palaces album, "Black Up". And as if by magic Butler returns the favour appearing on two standout tracks here the rolling dark trip hop of "Enchantruss" full of complex beats and looped vocals and the joyous "God" which draws on traditions of Gil Scott Heron and Sun Ra with its conscious themes of black empowerment and the key line "we are breaking out".
The vocals of THEESatisfaction are uber confident on this track and signal a sense of adventure and swagger which would scare other more experienced artists. All tracks are worthing exploring in detail but are drawn to the pulsating funk of "Queen S" where you are firmly instructed to "Leave your face at the door/turn off your swag and check your bag". It is that sort of funk music that Gang Gang Dance so brilliantly developed last year full of pulsating synths and a groove which you wish would stretch to eternity. Some of the songs on here are very short barely clocking in at two minutes and proving again that less is more. "Existinct" is the type of song that oozes seduction while "Sweat" rests on a trumpet sample and demands a packed dance floor to workout to its crackling grooves.
Mention in dispatches should also go to the brilliant "Bitch" with a bass so deep it could be buried, plus in addition the jazzy piano interlude "Crash" is a short, sweet and to the point. Finally the last track "naturalE" references Josh Homme's "Queens of the Stone Age" and has synths so heavy you suspect that he may have given consultancy on the the underpinning riff in a ferocious ending to a great album. All in all "Awe Naturale" is mesmerising stuff that seems to expand the boundaries of hip hop whilst retaining a groovy and infectious core.
THEESatisfaction - QueenS
THEESatisfaction - Deeper (Live on KEXP)
THEESatisfaction - Needs (Live on KEXP)