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The two ladies forming part of hip hop collective Shabazz Palaces speak to us about their 90s r'n'b influences before they hit London

Part of the Seattle hip hop collective, Shabazz Palaces, Cat and Stas met at university and bonded over Stevie Wonder, Shakespeare and their mutual status as hip hop connoisseurs. Looking and sounding as if they’ve hazily stepped out of the 90s, soul-tinged R&B ladies, THEESatisfaction rely on vintage values far from today’s so readily available auto-tuned pop templates. “Icing” boasts vocals so smooth it’s as if the track had been knicked from “Badizium” when Erykah wasn’t looking.

Having just completed their debut album, today THEESatisfaction are announcing their first ever UK tour. With the effortless ability of the Seattle DIY duo to write, produce and perform their own material, they’re in good stead to become ‘thee’ hottest power couple around.


...your secret talent?

Cat: Extreme fast hair growth
Stas: I know all the lyrics to every rap song

...your worst vice?
Non free range fried chicken

…the story behind your name?

... your favourite sound?
Cat: Lead singer of Heatwave's falsetto
The crackle of a burning blunt

...your worst fashion secret? 

I wear whatever whenever
I look good all the time, especially in my Crocs...

...your favourite website?

...your favourite label?
Prarie Underground
Stas: Levi the top of your hit/shit list?

...are you listening to now?
Forest sounds
Stas: Danny Brown, Mac Dre & Guru

How would you describe your work?
Sexy Freedom

What are you most excited about next?
Travelling around and singing songs