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THEESatisfaction Are Joined By Shabazz Palaces & Porter Ray In The Psychedelic 'EarthEE' Visuals

THEESatisfaction, Shabazz Palaces' Ishmael Butler and Porter Ray spin around in psychedelic patterns in the new video for "EarthEE."


Seattle-based experimental hip-hop/R&B duo THEESatisfaction come through with the music video for "EathEE," the title track off their sophomore LP on Sub Pop Records. The astral visuals see rapper STAS and vocalist CAT joined by Shabazz PalacesIshmael Butler and Porter Ray as they spin around in royal blue psychedelic patterns and "loosen up their minds" over a stuttering synthesizer beat. "It's a short visual meditation on the textile traditions of home, sacred Geo Metrics, theta based communication and the whirling dervish. A sonically driven work of ancient Afro continuum," explains music video director Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes to i-D. Catch the duo on their upcoming summer tour dates across Europe, the United States and Canada (listed underneath) and watch the new visuals below. THEESatisfaction's EarthEE LP is available now.

THEESatisfaction's European Tour Dates

21 July - Siroco, Madrid, Spain

22 July - Dabadaba, San Sebastian, Spain

23 July - Galeria Ze Dos Bois, Lisbon, Portugal

24 July - Milhoes De Festa, Barcelos, Portugal

29 July - Estalagem Da Ponta Do Sol, Maderia, Portugal

30 July - Walk & Talk Fest, Azores, Portugal

7 Aug - South Lake Union Block Party, Seattle, USA

27 Aug - Eventide Music Series @ Continental Square, Victoria, USA

28 Aug - Fortune Sound Club, Vancouver, Canada

29 Aug - Black Weirdo DJ Set @ Northwest African American History Museum, Seattle, USA

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It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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