THEESatisfaction is a Seattle-based r&b duo whose music makes us think of Philly soul, Eykah Badu, Ursula Rucker, and the unidentifiable music a DJ would play at a very hip and very black Sunday brunch. The group, which consists of Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White, released its first official album awE naturalE in March and the song “QueenS,” is a standout track that suggests exactly what vibe you should be on to enjoy the music (and it’s a, regular person, very welcome sentiment that we haven’t heard in a long time): “Leave your face at the door / turn off your swag / check your bag.” Turn off my swag? Yes, please.
The video for “QueenS” is a super-chill triumph in aesthetics and perfectly captures the beauty of black women while laying down a party vibe that’s not only easy to get into but seems to require that you not try too hard to do so. It was directed by cultural critic and hip-hop journalist dream hampton, and if you’re familiar with her written work you will definitely see her influence all over the screen. Check it out!