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Sometimes great minds really do think alike, and sometimes they even collaborate. And today has brought together two of my favorite musical forces, Seattle space travellers THEESatisfaction and LA/NYC/Milky Way future sounds pioneers Sa-Ra Creative Partners. Wordlush hit you with the early release of the single, but now we have the whole five-song enchilada. And it sounds so NICE.
It’s not a straight up collaboration – THEESat is jacking some of Sa-Ra’s instrumentals, but the results sound intentional. THEESatisfaction has worked with an array of producers, who together have supplemented their natural galactic inclinations and pushed them beyond the musical stratosphere.
But Sa-Ra is some next level stuff. They exist on a funk-soul plane of existence. When the ladies of THEESatisfaction join up with them, it’s no longer about what part of space they’re in, but which dimension. That is to say, this five song EP feels like a natural fit, as if someone planned it all along. Here’s hoping that perhaps they will…
That would be Sa-Ra, Jay Electronica, and Ta’Raach, who have thrown down on some of their signature “get the fuck out of here with that same old same old” sound. As an unabashed Sa-Ra stan, I jump whenever I get to hear more of their goodness – and yes, that includes even that one Fonsworth Bentley song, though it’s painful to admit it. Just get the Fons off, and that’s some fire.
Here’s where I get sad. I want want want to love this song beyond all things in my life. I want to hear it and be driven to leave my job, my girl, my purpose and be carried into a proud new frontier of being and believing. Unfortunately, I’m not loving it so much. And that’s hard for me to say.
From a musician’s perspective, the song sounds cluttered, like they kept discovering loops and riffs that sounded so damn ill in the studio, but ended up cluttering the final product. And from a fan’s perspective, I just want a little more bounce to this ounce. There’s no inherent grab that gets me, and unlike some very classic Sa-Ra, there’s no hypnotic groove that you don’t realize has suckered you in until you’ve had the song on repeat four times (oh what? where am I? did we just overfly Minneapolis?!).
So no hate to Sa-Ra, but this song is not on my repeat. I want – no, need – you guys to make the music you make the best, but this ain’t it. Still though, I’ll give it a listen every now and then – I’m hoping this shit grows on me.
And for the record, here’s Mr. Bentley, et al.