The current state of black music is so stifling to black women singers, that if they want to be outside the box, they have to create their own spaces to do so. I heart alternative/DIY black women artists. They have been the saving grace of an unimaginative contemporary black music scene. It’s one of the reasons why I like the work of THEESatisfaction.
“THEESatisfaction are Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White. Stas was born and raised in Tacoma, Cat in Seattle and Hawaii. The pair live/laugh/love/dance and create in Seattle, WA. They write, produce and perform their own material, funk-psychedelic feminista sci-fi epics with the warmth and depth of Black Jazz and Sunday morning soul, frosted with icy raps that evoke equal parts Elaine Brown, Ursula Rucker and Q-Tip. They met by what was clearly cosmic happenstance at the University of Washington and haven’t stopped the flow since.” http://www.theesatisfaction.com/
I went to one of their performances, a year or so ago, after getting their album THEESatisfaction-awEnaturalE:
Most of the songs are only a couple of minutes long, but they all are jams. I highly recommend it. They currently have a mixtape out.
The group also hosts “Black Weirdo” parties. It’s a dance space for the black queer community and allies. They also showcase quirky black writers/poets/performers on their website, as part of their Black Weirdo movement.
Any who, check out this performance of their song “Deeper.” The song is on the awE-naturalE album. It’s a hypnotic groove, that will make you move.