Audio

THEESatisfaction Share The Title Track From Forthcoming 'EarthEE' LP

Seattle hip-hop duo THEESatisfaction share "EarthEE," the title track from their forthcoming sophomore album via Sub Pop.


Seattle experimental hip-hop/R&B duo THEESatisfaction drop another spacey gem with "EarthEE," the latest track off their forthcoming sophomore album of the same name. Beginning with an orbit of whirring electronics and meandering chimes, the song accelerates into drum crashes and handclaps before rapper STAS and singer CAT unite with a plea to "Loosen up my mind,/Lenghten and unwind/Release one time." Fellow Seattleite and Sub Pop labelmate Porter Ray then emerges with a ridiculously vivid litany of details that includes "tarantulas," "hieroglyphics," "candles," and "body graffiti." The exhilaratingly heady Ishmael Butler aka Palaceer Lazaro of Shabazz Palaces ends the track with a similarly imagistic story that seems to be about a childhood errand gone violent, the speaker's mother telling him, "One day, you'll know exactly what it means." Listen to "EarthEE" below. THEESatisfaction's EarthEE LP will be released on February 24 via Sub Pop.

Interview

Interview: The Awakening of Bas

We talk to Bas about The Messenger, Bobi Wine, Sudan, and the globalized body of Black pain.

The first thing you notice when you begin to listen to The Messenger—the new investigative documentary podcast following the rise of Ugandan singer, businessman and revolutionary political figure Bobi Wine—is Bas' rich, paced, and deeply-affecting storytelling voice.

Whether he is talking about Uganda's political landscape, painting a picture of Bobi Wine's childhood, or drawing parallels between the violence Black bodies face in America and the structural oppression Africans on the continent continue to endure at the hands of corrupt government administrations, there is no doubt that Bas (real name Abbas Hamad) has an intimate understanding of what he's talking about.

We speak via Zoom, myself in Lagos, and him in his home studio in Los Angeles where he spends most of his time writing as he cools off from recording the last episode of The Messenger. It's evident that the subject matter means a great deal to the 33-year-old Sudanese-American rapper, both as a Black man living in America and one with an African heritage he continues to maintain deep ties with. The conversation around Black bodies enduring various levels of violence is too urgent and present to ignore and this is why The Messenger is a timely and necessary cultural work.

Below, we talk with Bas aboutThe Messenger podcast, Black activism, growing up with parents who helped shape his political consciousness and the globalized body of Black pain.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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