Santigold

Santigold

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As Santogold, Santi White, the scribe behind Res’ revelatory, alt-hip-hop-soul debut, How I Do, steps into the limelight -- or better yet, the streetlight, since much of her music is meant to be cranked decibels high ‘til the wee hours. This is not White’s first time rockin’ the mic -- she fronted the punk-y band Stiffed -- but as Santogold she’s, well, golden.See more details below

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As Santogold, Santi White, the scribe behind Res’ revelatory, alt-hip-hop-soul debut, How I Do, steps into the limelight -- or better yet, the streetlight, since much of her music is meant to be cranked decibels high ‘til the wee hours. This is not White’s first time rockin’ the mic -- she fronted the punk-y band Stiffed -- but as Santogold she’s, well, golden. The self-titled disc kicks off with the synthesized crescendo “L.E.S. Artistes,” on which she sounds like a ringer for Missing Persons singer Dale Bozzio. Throughout the disc, the Philly native winks at her influences without sounding derivative: Musical Youth on the rude girl, staccato protest “Unstoppable”; Siouxsie & the Banshees on the brooding “Anne”; Cocteau Twins on “I’m a Lady,” layered with bass and synths. Tellingly, the wailing, bhangra beat-laden “Creator” and a crushing, hiccupping remix of “You’ll Find a Way” will undoubtedly draw comparisons to M.I.A. White’s infectious blend of new wave sonics and contemporary beats (“Starstruck” hypnotically cross-pollinates ‘80s pop with new-millennium crunk) and witty lyrics (on “L.E.S. Artistes,” White describes herself as “an introverted excavator”), however, are worth their weight in gold.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times - Jon Pareles
Ms. White sings, yelps, hiccups, raps and toasts Jamaican-style on ''Santogold,'' which bounces among genres like a well-flipped pinball.
Rolling Stone - Will Hermes
Her set celebrates the joys, and burdens, of making weird-ass street jams like “Creator,” a dancehall joint engorged by overmodulated freak beats.
New York Magazine
So what's a singer to do if she loves dub, Siouxsie Sioux, and the Pixies, plus a few songs each by Amy Winehouse, Cyndi Lauper, and Lush? Well, she pretty much makes an album like this one.

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Release Date:
09/23/2008
Label:
Downtown
UPC:
0878037003413
catalogNumber:
70034
Rank:
24679

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