Audio

Stream THEESatisfaction's 'EarthEE' LP In Its Entirety

Hear Seattle-based experimental hip-hop duo THEESatisfaction's sophomore LP Earthee, featuring collaborations with Shabazz Palaces.


The Seattle-based experimental hip-hop/R&B duo of rapper STAS and vocalist CAT, better known collectively as THEESatisfaction, have been teasing singles from EarthEE, the follow-up to their 2012 debut awE naturalE, for a few months now. Through the ancient Egyptian-inspired visuals for "Recognition" and the whirring electronics of title track "EarthEE," the duo's hinted at the evolution of their otherworldly, avant-garde take on hip-hop, which is both influenced by spoken word poetry and an afrofuturistic aesthetic.

Their 13-track sophomore effort EarthEE, which was recorded in Seattle and Brooklyn, features several collaborations with Shabazz PalacesIshmael ButlerTendai ‘Baba’ Maraire, Taylor Brown, Porter Ray, and Meshell Ndegeocello. The full-length is up for streaming in its entirety now, via NPR's First Listen. Highlights include the smooth "Planet For Sale," "Fetch/Catch," and the previously mentioned "EarthEE" (streaming below). For more from THEESatisfaction, check out CAT's first solo mixtape as SassyblackMe And Mines (Cute Chicks). The duo's EarthEE LP is will be out next week on February 24 via Sub Pop.

>>>Stream THEESatisfaction’s EarthEE LP (via NPR)

EarthEE Tracklist

01. “Prophetic Perfection”

02. “No GMO” feat. Taylor Brown)

03. “Planet for Sale”

04. “Blandland” (feat. Ishmael Butler of Shabazz Palaces)

05. “Fetch/Catch” (feat. Taylor Brown)

06. “Nature’s Candy”

07. “EarthEE” (feat. Shabazz Palaces, Porter Ray, and Erik Blood)

08. “Post Black, Anyway”

09. “Universal Perspective” (feat. Meshell Ndegeocello)

10. “WerQ” (feat. Meshell Ndegeocello)

11. “Sir Come Navigate” (feat. Tendai Maraire of Shabazz Palaces)

12. “Recognition” (feat. Shabazz Palaces and Erik Blood)

13. “I Read You” (feat. Erik Blood)

Interview

Angelique Kidjo Writes a Love Letter to 'Mother Nature'

We talk to the Beninese musical icon about assembling her new album on Zoom and the "bigger than COVID-19" threat that lies ahead!

The kind of infectious energy that lives within Angelique Kidjo can't be contained by Zoom. Her zest for life reaches out far beyond any screen, and burns stronger than the fastest internet connection.

"I can't wait until we're in person hugging again," she enthuses soon after joining our Zoom meeting to discuss her latest album Mother Nature. Having been on the receiving end of a hug from the four-time Grammy-winning singer, I know exactly what I'm missing out on. "Me too," I say, as I wrap my arms around my laptop, my face squishing the screen. "No, no," she retorts. "I don't want that. You keep it. I want the real deal," she chuckles, her full-bodied trademark laughter lovingly admonishing me.

The Benin-born musician is preparing to release Mother Nature, a collection of songs reflecting our one Earth, and cementing her status as an African musical icon. Collaborating with the likes of Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Sampa the Great, Shungudzo and more, Kidjo's crossing through time and space, over age and country through Mother Nature's themes and stories. Each track is infused with a vigor that only she possesses — the kind that shares a significant message even as the listener is called to just dance or sing along.

Below, Angelique Kidjo reminisces about making the album, and chats us through her hopes and dreams for it!

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