Seattle duo THEESatisfaction’s first major follow-up to last year’s breakout “awE naturalE,” their EP “And That’s Your Time” is both a return to self-releasing after a stint with Sub Pop, and their first release since member Stasia Irons’ recent move to New York.
Though the record is only 19 minutes long and roughly four of its tracks actually contain verses or vocals, the instrumentals and interludes are hardly wastes of space. Bits of thought-provoking dialogue and commentary fill in the blanks, from an ignorantly privileged caucasian’s rant about “5 things black people should think about doing,” to the album’s poignant last uttered phrase: “the Obama plantation.”
The art of the sample flip – something THEESatisfaction has always excelled at – is readily on display throughout the record, with the duo chopping up classic breaks and even the beat from LL Cool J’s “Around the Way Girl” into moody, autumnal head-nodders.
Standout track “Queen County (4 Women)” is a triumph in the form of an all-local, all-female posse cut of sorts, featuring Moor Gang “first lady” Gift Uh Gab and singer/rapper JusMoni contributing explosive guest verses. But even with the nearly show-stealing features, “And That’s Your Time” is another distinct and well-crafted addition to THEESatisfaction’s already deep catalog.