Soul, Funk, R&B, & Hip-Hop


When: Fri., June 22, 9 p.m. 2012

Though their music relies on endlessly repeated sequences rather than fleshed-out, narrative melodies, singers-producers Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White still put their own stamp on the jazz and funk traditions that inform their duo, THEESatisfaction. They mix peppy, catty raps with genuinely persuasive soul singing, often enhanced by two- and three-part harmonies. Their production pairs jazz and R&B chord voicings against the steady, addictive rhythms of hip-hop. Most of it sounds clean and digitized, which helps bring out the human contours of the vocals. But unlike other pop outfits, this duo doesn't like everything to sound polished. THEESatisfaction's debut album, Awe Natural, juxtaposes groove-driven ear candy with tunes that sound intentionally cold or metallic. "Sweat" and "Extistinct" are beautiful in a classical way; "Enchantruss," which features a rap cameo from Shabazz Palaces, is more jagged. Because Irons and Harris-White seem more interested in experimentation than the pleasure principle, their music probably won't be playing in an elevator anytime soon. But they've found favor with Sub Pop Records, which released their debut. THEESatisfaction plays The Independent (628 Divisadero St., San Francisco) on Friday, June 22, with Le Vice. 9 p.m., $12, $14.

Rachel Swan

Price: $12, $14

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