Created in 2015 The Saturators is a multi-genre urban music project featuring a 7-piece, multi-cultural mix of musicians based out of Brooklyn and Harlem. The band currently consists of Misha “Silky” Savage (Guitar, Vox), Redddaz (MC, Lead Vox), Aiman Radzi (Bass), Matt Composure (Keys, Vox), Colin Taylor aka Holly Jee (Drums), Theo Moore (Congas, Percussion) and Jen C. Nas (Percussion, Vox). Throwing Dancehall, Reggae, Funk, Hip-hop and Afrobeat into a blender and pouring it onto crowds with a heavy dose of improvisation, the band touts a message of #WetMusic to audiences throughout NYC.
Let me begin by saying The Saturators are refreshing in the world of not only urban music , but all music genres, not only because they’re an actual band who play real instruments – and that in itself is a defining factor today – but because they’re mature both musically and lyrically.
The band’s track, “Stacks” is a four and a half minute exercise in pure groove. It is consistently potent and musically focused, yet always dynamic and unique. Not only is it instantly captivating and beautifully produced, it also delivers sheer emotion.
While there is a melody and a beat to please even the most primitive music fans, this is essentially funk-infused, art-flavored music for smart people, and as such it succeeds beautifully. What is missing in music today is artistic expressions. Regardless of the genre, too many entertainers are not artists and only make music to move units.
The Saturators is an anomaly. They take their craft to the next level and make music to move people. I normally try to listen to a record a good five to six times before I review it, but I’m only on my second listen and I already know how impressive this track and band is.
The Saturators craft a potent sound collage for their trenchant funk manifesto. It starts with a stunning drum ‘n bass beat slowing unveiling the keyboards and moving forward raising the stakes musically. The second half closes the tune on a note of heightened tension as the arrangement switches into overdrive with shifting chord progressions and evolving rhythms.
The continued commercial success of rap, hip-hop, RnB, soul and other urban forms of music means that the turnaround between the discovery of new talent and super-stardom is almost zero. After all, why sweat the technique when a couple of high-end names can guarantee platinum status with their starry-eyed monikers alone.
The Saturators’ old-school vision and remarkable instrumental prowess might be at odds with this mass-produced dreck that flourishes on the mainstream market, but I have no doubt that their dedication to live performance and studio perfection will eventually make them one of the most sought-after and respected urban music troupes in the big arena.