THEESatisfaction returns with the official video for “Recognition” from their forthcoming EarthEE LP directed by Tiona McClodden and produced by Allison McDaniel for Harriet’s Gun Media. The video for the lead single featuring Shabazz Palaces, Erik Blood and Taylor Brown comes ahead of the release of the highly-anticipated project on February 24th via Sub Pop Records.
The clip is a statement of empowerment and act of divination that finds the duo standing in repose at the resting places and former residences of some of the most revered names in the African American artistic canon. Seeking communion with the spirits of their forebears, THEESatisfaction visit the Rivers Cosmogram by artist Houston Conwill at the Schomburg Center in Harlem (where a portion of Langston Hughes ashes are interred), before passing through the Philadelphia homes of John Coltrane, Sun-Ra and Marian Anderson in a series of movements that combine with a mystic drum sequence to suggest the black magic traditions of trance and time travel.
Packed with an impressive lineup of critical thinkers and creative disruptors, the video is capped by an appearance from Seattle-bred artist and designer Xenobia Bailey whose work was recently included in the acclaimed Funk, God, Jazz & Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn exhibition at the Weeksville Heritage Center. Check the footage below to watch the official video for “Recognition.” Read the director’s statement via tionam.com. Scroll down to check out the group’s upcoming album release party dates. Pre-order the EarthEE LP via iTunes. Stay tuned for more from THEESatisfaction.