If there were a song to play every time the seasons changed, it could probably be “Queens” by Seattle rap duo THEESatisfaction. The tune’s positive energy and strength of purpose undeniably evoke change, transition, and internal growth, a vibe further enhanced by the duo’s left-field, cosmic style of R&B-meets rap. That singular sound characterizes all the music created by Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White, the two friends/lovers who have been writing, producing and performing as THEESatisfaction since before 2008 when they self-released their first EP. The Queens Supreme also lent their vocals to Shabazz Palaces’ Black Up record prior to signing with Sub Pop, who issued their debut album awE naturalE in 2012. Their ceaseless beats will also make anyone dance, even while standing in the sculpture garden at MoMA. Rain or shine, THEESatisfaction is a non-stop flow of pure energy, so whatever you do, don’t funk with their groove.
Thu., Aug. 21, 5:30 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 20, 2014