May 1, 2008
Santogold got her mind made up
Mismatched Santi White is red hot. She's got major New York style, doesn't she? Which means she can look stellar and spend nuthin' doing it.
I had dismissed Santogold as the new M.I.A. because of how she sounds, how she looks and her collaborators. Reasonable, right? Turns out there is more to this woman than meets the ear. Early tracks like Creator and the Mark Ronson collab Pretty Green gave no clue that she can sing in a less affected voice.
As our friend Tacim announces on his blog 8-1, there is some pop going on here. Or I think that is what he's saying - the blog's in Turkish! I suggest you rush now to his post and check out some of the tracks: I'm A Lady, which has a lovely vocal that recalls Deborah Harry, and You'll Find A Way, which I think Tacim likens to Cyndi Lauper, though I'd peg the vocal as very Annabella Lwin of BowWowWow. Lights Out is another good one. Dig her sound and then watch her amusingly not-quite-violent video...
Santogold L.E.S. Artistes:
Santogold Your Voice MP3
Santogold Creator Windows Media stream
Santogold MTVu Backstage video stream
Strange fact: Santi wrote and produced one of my favorite songs of 2001, Golden Boys by Res. Remind yourself now.