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Wednesday 08 October 2008

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15th July 2008

The best album of the year . . . so far

Posted by: Kitten Power

santogold.jpgFinally, it’s happened to me!

For the first time in what seems like a long while, I have found an album that I am listening to non-stop, continuously, addictively and without respite. 

Welcome to the incredible world of Santogold.

I first came across this artist through Mark Ronson’s album Version, where she provides the vocals for Pretty Green.

Santogold has been described by Rolling Stone as a mix of M.I.A. and Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, plus plenty of 80s.  And I mean really, really 80s.  People who lived and loved music in the era say she sounds like Siouxsie Sioux.

From her debut album, I first heard the track L.E.S. Artistes (which is not about lesbians, but the Lower East Side).  The song just bangs.  Check it out:

It was Lights Out that hooked me.  I can listen to that song on repeat, all the way into town on the train and halfway up the road to work.  It’s just that good.  It is so hot and sweet it makes me want to turn the lights out . . . so I probably shouldn’t really listen to it on the train.  Well, you make up your own mind:

Her album has all the ingredients to make it practically perfect.  It’s fresh and free and it pumps along, without any weak tracks.

She has emerged as a strong and original female musical wonder and I recommend picking up a copy of her album, which is self-titled.

Santogold is not afraid to stand up for who she is; an artist who is making music beyond genre.  Sure there are electro, new-wave, indie, punk and synth elements, but it can’t really be defined in one label. 

She has hit out at people who have tried to put her under the hip hop and R&B umbrella as racist, saying just because she is black, it doesn’t make her music hip hop or R&B.  She says she isn’t even a big fan of either style!

If you want further proof of her versatility check out her collaboration with Pharrell Williams and Julian Casablancas from The Strokes called My Drive Thru:

So anyway share, what have you heard this year that has you wanting to jump up and down and shout?

Tags: General · Music

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 renren // Jul 18, 2008 at 3:02 am

    It is becoming a hit on the street around the woman. Feng on

  • 2 Deb // Jul 24, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    I like it! Thanks KP you little minx .. I’m appreciating the music you’re bringing into my life.

  • 3 Kitten Power // Jul 24, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Well thanks - and you’re welcome.

  • 4 Craig // Jul 25, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    Here, try this link:


  • 5 Kitten Power // Jul 25, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    Yeah JD Samson is coming down to NZ too. She’s awesome. But while I really love her work with Le Tigre and as a member of Peaches’ former backing band . . . I’m not really into her DJ stuff all that much.

    But for anyone interested, she plays Wellington and Auckland on August 16th and 17th, along with Stereo Total, from Beijing.

    BTW Peaches tickets ARE now on sale at Real Groovy after they were held back due to a date change.

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