By Nell Alk
In the week following New Years, people, it would appear, fall into one of two camps; either they collapse from exhaustion brought on by the seemingly endless holiday season, or they plow through the ringing in and jump start the next 365 days with fervor and determination. Admittedly, these silos are a bit black and white, but you understand my meaning. Continue reading
So enjoying this video and the song. I expect big things from this guy AKA Mr. Santi White (he’s engaged to Santogold). Similar sound. Love it. You do, too. You know it. How long can I keep this post going? I don’t know. Ah, F-it. Just listen.
Trouble Andrew’s been bangin’ out tunes for a few years now. We first heard them live at The Knitting Factory last February opening for hip-hop duo Group Home. We were instantly hooked. Comprised of “Trouble Gang” mastermind and lead vocalist Trevor Andrew, Ian Longwell on drums, Joao Salamao on guitar and Masaru Takaku on bass, this foursome knows what it takes to put on a killer show. Self-proclaimed “Crunk Rock,” their music is influenced by various sources, from ’80s pop to punk to rap, as well as skate and snowboard culture, videos and their soundtracks. Think synth singing, danceable beats and timely lyrics. Continue reading
For a free download of Santogold’s Clash “Guns” redo/cover click here:
“Guns of Brooklyn (Doc and Jon Hill Dub)” mp3
Produced By Pharrell – Santogold, Julian Casablancas, N.E.R.D.
Santogold, Pharrell, and Julian Casablancas together? Surreal. Watch, listen, and love.
Gold Jerry. Gold!
By Helen Horn-Mitchem
Santogold (the recording name for Santi White) comes from a musical background that is eclectic to say the least. Not only has the singer/songwriter led a ska/punk revival group, she’s also MC’d, scouted urban artists, and written for Ashlee Simpson. Santogold showcases this penchant for working in many genres with gusto on her self-titled debut, where she boldly mixes rock, electro, hip-hop, ska, punk, dub, and new wave without missing a beat. Literally.
Much of Santogold’s music is dance floor ready with heavy beats and plenty of synthesizers. But just as much of is built around catchy pop hooks and well-crafted melodies. Santogold has no problem going from introspective to funky and back again in the course of several songs or in the course of one. And while all these constant shifts may sound bewildering, on the album they blend together beautifully. Every song occupies its own space but together they build up a breathtakingly original and unpretentious musical world that stands firmly on a sturdy foundation of Santogold’s tried and true songwriting talent.