Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Recommended music: 'EarthEE' by THEESatisfaction

EarthEE cover art

Stas and Cat are back, and in a big way. Featuring guest appearances from long-time collaborator Shabazz Palaces as well as Meshell Ndegeocello, Porter Ray and Taylor Brown. Recorded in Seattle and Brooklyn, it's a sultry and sassy mix of hip hop and r'n'b that showcases their signature style to great effect. There's not really anyone else who does what they do, blending soulful grooves and beautifully harmonised vocals with educated lyrics and on-point raps.

If you let yourself sink into this record you'll find there's something hypnotic and mesmerising. I think it's partly the way the vocals are sung; gently, seductively, with none of that over-the-top diva-ish hyperbole that you'll hear on many chart-bound r'n'b tracks. And some of the tracks are spoken almost like a mantra, like the start of 'Recognition' for example.

The highlights come thick and fast here - gorgeous vocals on the title track, the darkly electronic 'Sir Come Navigate', the conscious lyrics on 'Planet For Sale'.  Overall there's such an aura of class about the album, and it's certainly the most effortlessly sensual album I've heard yet in 2015. Take a chance and discober them, they certainly deserve your recognition.

You can stream the album below, and then I recommend you buy it from Bandcamp.

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