THEESatisfaction, Young Fathers – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh, Sun 3 Jun 2012
Soulful house party set from the Seattle hip hop duo
Seattle hip hop/soul duo Stas and Cat, aka THEESatisfaction, are perfectly suited to the DIY music scene. With just two microphones and a laptop in the way of stage set-up, you can easily imagine them playing house parties (an image aided by the video for single ‘QueenS’). If you’re not lucky enough to move in the right social circles to see that happen, though, tiny club venues like Sneaky Pete’s are the next best thing.
The evening starts off with Edinburgh hip hoppers Young Fathers, blistering through some new material backed by thunderous live percussion. The Fathers occasionally risk projecting an image of po-faced seriousness that’s entirely at odds with their heavy, dancefloor-friendly beats, but their high-energy dancing and the odd smile or two let the crowd know it’s ok to have fun.
THEESatisfaction’s set is a marked change of gear, switching from Young Fathers’ bass-heavy beats to soulful grooves courtesy of Cat’s honey-smooth vocals and Stas’s laid back rhymes. Certain tracks play through with neither vocalist stepping up to the mic, instead performing choreographed (but somehow non-corny) dance routines – reminiscent of teen girls practising dance moves in their bedrooms, and totally in keeping with the lo-fi house party aesthetic. The second half of the set yields a few technical difficulties, but they’re handled with grace and good humour by the two vocalists – indeed, having the backing track drop out allows some beautiful a capella moments to shine through.