There is a kind of “old cool” about THEESatisfaction — the sunglasses on stage and the jazzy influences pouring out of the PA only confirm it. In a way this isn’t surprising. If you had to peg them, you’d pick Soulquarian, as they share the same neo-soul, R&B and hip-hop fusion style that movement made us love at the dawn of the new millennium.
Live, the duo — made up of Stas (the rapper) and Cat (the singer) — drives home the spoken-word feel of a poet on the loose. They are calm when they aren’t dancing, and focused in their abilities. There is a message there, and a smoothness in which it is to be delivered. Some would call it throwback, I’d call it hip-hop that knows its history. It’s not innovative, but not everything needs to be. Sometimes all you need is a style you like and a groove to nest with. THEESatisfaction gets that and sometimes that’s enough.