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So, what do you think about her? I can't get enough of "Creator" (mainly because of the beat). But at points, she sounds way too close to M.I.A.

Tape Store, Thursday, 26 April 2007 04:41 (6 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

I really like the Switch & Graeme Remix of "You'll Find a Way" - that groove is insane. It does sound a lot like M.I.A., but more because of the production (funny that) than Santogold herself, who for some reason reminds me of Nicolette.

Tim F, Thursday, 30 August 2007 14:00 (6 years ago) Permalink

Okay so on "Creator" she does sound a *lot* like M.I.A.

Tim F, Thursday, 30 August 2007 14:01 (6 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

Holy shit is that "LES Artistes" song amazing. I don't hear M.I.A. there (more like a kind of recent Nelly Furtado over indie rock on that one); but I haven't heard any other Santogold songs yet. I can't stop playing "LES Artistes," though. It's just huge.

Ben Boyerrr, Tuesday, 30 October 2007 14:30 (6 years ago) Permalink

she's totally rad. it's half electro shit (of course its gonna sound like MIA, its Switch and Diplo produced) and half more rockish shit (like "LES Artistes").

Sam, Wednesday, 31 October 2007 03:31 (6 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, now that I've heard a few more tracks, it sort of reminds me of Robyn (not how it actually sounds, mind you) - where most tracks are electro-pop like "Handle Me" but then something like the original version of "Bum Like You" pops up.

Ben Boyerrr, Wednesday, 31 October 2007 10:13 (6 years ago) Permalink

"Creator" sounds so much like MIA I have not listened to anything else, sorry. Maybe I should?

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 31 October 2007 11:14 (6 years ago) Permalink

Oh, I am not saying that in a good way either. Imho sounding just like old MIA is not praiseworthy, whether or not you like old MIA (and I do).

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 31 October 2007 11:16 (6 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I just heard "Creator" and it's preposterous. But listen to "LES Artistes," seriously! It doesn't sound like M.I.A. at all, and it's really great. The rest of the songs I'm not nuts about... I suppose it's weird to be psyched about an artist who only has one song you like, but that song rules.

Ben Boyerrr, Wednesday, 31 October 2007 15:32 (6 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

"L.E.S. Artistes" almost sounds like an old Altered Images album cut or something.

Hello Santogold, you are my nu favorite!

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 26 January 2008 21:52 (6 years ago) Permalink

so am i the only one who thinks l.e.s. artistes sounds like a fucking yeah yeah yeahs song

J0rdan S., Thursday, 31 January 2008 15:45 (6 years ago) Permalink

or the police

mat lewis, Thursday, 31 January 2008 19:58 (6 years ago) Permalink

or tegan and sara

mat lewis, Thursday, 31 January 2008 20:00 (6 years ago) Permalink

or gahbage

tramp steamer, Thursday, 31 January 2008 20:23 (6 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

XXXChange mix of LES Artistes on pinglewood.com rools

the voice remainds me of Tegan & Sara (and to a lesser extent Karen O) too

blueski, Friday, 21 March 2008 23:38 (6 years ago) Permalink

This XXXChange mix IS the shit! She does sound too much like M.I.A. for my liking, but I think if she stays more on the 'alternative' side of things and less involved making club tracks she might be good ... leave that to the remixers.

Rob Threezy, Thursday, 3 April 2008 04:14 (6 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Her voice reminds me of early Sting :-)

(first impression: album seems pretty great)

StanM, Thursday, 17 April 2008 20:20 (6 years ago) Permalink

doh

or the police

-- mat lewis, Thursday, January 31, 2008 8:58 PM (2 months ago) Bookmark Link

Mat Lewis OTM, obv.

StanM, Thursday, 17 April 2008 20:26 (6 years ago) Permalink

oh, it only seemed pretty great the first listen. Half decent, second track = favourite, other than that, meh.

StanM, Sunday, 20 April 2008 15:58 (6 years ago) Permalink

I love 'LES Artistes'. Listening to the album now, seems OK at first.

zeus, Sunday, 20 April 2008 17:31 (6 years ago) Permalink

i love the rock tracks on this and the synthy ballads. the rap tracks, less so. great production though.

titchyschneiderMk2, Tuesday, 22 April 2008 12:35 (6 years ago) Permalink

What is this about her writing and/or producing on that Res album I loved so much?

Spencer Chow, Tuesday, 22 April 2008 16:49 (6 years ago) Permalink

she did the best songs on it - golden boys, they say vision and a few others.

titchyschneiderMk2, Tuesday, 22 April 2008 21:06 (6 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

deeply offended by jodorowsky-ripoff video for "creator"

moonship journey to baja, Wednesday, 7 May 2008 16:57 (5 years ago) Permalink

Have you seen the MGMT video? IT's all "The Holy Mountain."

which indie band will have the balls to take on "Santa Sangre"?

Savannah Smiles, Wednesday, 7 May 2008 17:13 (5 years ago) Permalink

i like this album

omar little, Wednesday, 7 May 2008 17:17 (5 years ago) Permalink

she's good

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 7 May 2008 17:19 (5 years ago) Permalink

i'm actually as confused as i am offended.

the difference between the jodorowsky and santogold versions is that jodorowsky sped his film up and the santogold director did slow-mo. and the jodorowsky is in sunlight and the santogold is washed out.

which basically explains why the jodorowsky version is about x1000 more graphic, shocking, beautiful, etc. but doesn't explain why the santogold director made the choices he/she did. why?

i dunno, i can't even take a picture right with an autofocus digital camera so maybe i shouldn't be criticizing video directors but there you go.

moonship journey to baja, Wednesday, 7 May 2008 17:29 (5 years ago) Permalink

So Missing Persons.

Bobbi Peru, Wednesday, 7 May 2008 20:43 (5 years ago) Permalink

EXACTLY
Enjoyable tho'.

forksclovetofu, Wednesday, 7 May 2008 21:36 (5 years ago) Permalink

Missing Persons OTM.

Fun record, meh on repeat.

I eat cannibals, Wednesday, 7 May 2008 22:08 (5 years ago) Permalink

I enjoyed this on first listen - the more rocky/dubby and the less MIA she sounds the better really.

Matt DC, Thursday, 8 May 2008 09:32 (5 years ago) Permalink

Are there any other songs that sound like "L.E.S. Artistes"?

Savannah Smiles, Thursday, 8 May 2008 11:14 (5 years ago) Permalink

Santogold herself, who for some reason reminds me of Nicolette

Yes.

The album sounds pretty good on first listen.

Matthew H, Thursday, 8 May 2008 12:00 (5 years ago) Permalink

from this thread i gather that Santogold sounds like everyone but herself. is this a fair conclusion?

al.b, Thursday, 8 May 2008 14:19 (5 years ago) Permalink

I saw Santogold on Jools Holland the other night.

I didn't quite work out what she sounded like but I failed to detect an identifiable Santogold in her performance.

However, Jools Holland seems to have that levelling effect on everyone who comes on his show.

She certainly needs to stop singing with her left eyebrow, however.

Dingbod Kesterson, Thursday, 8 May 2008 14:23 (5 years ago) Permalink

Oh god I've just realised I like the ones that sound like straight-ahead 4AD indie the best.

Matt DC, Thursday, 8 May 2008 20:04 (5 years ago) Permalink

does anyone know the deal with the Disco D beat on here?

chinchillas they can fit on gorillas, Thursday, 8 May 2008 20:06 (5 years ago) Permalink

I just bought this album via my iPhone! Let's see if I like it...

(first impression of the first song: "Oh, it's Gwen Stefani on quaaludes!")

HI DERE, Thursday, 8 May 2008 20:08 (5 years ago) Permalink

Gwen Stefani on quaaludes!

whooaaaa watch out there i might have to go rub one out

chinchillas they can fit on gorillas, Thursday, 8 May 2008 20:10 (5 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, this is basically like listening to No Doubt with all of the ska influences removed. Or, maybe the better way to put it is if they had come from Brooklyn instead of the OC.

HI DERE, Thursday, 8 May 2008 20:12 (5 years ago) Permalink

(I am not in the anti-No Doubt posse, btw, so I'm not trying to slam this)

HI DERE, Thursday, 8 May 2008 20:15 (5 years ago) Permalink

okay song 4 is where it turns into Missing Persons, now I get it

HI DERE, Thursday, 8 May 2008 20:18 (5 years ago) Permalink

okay song 5 is where people say she's M.I.A.-esque

ps song 5 ("Creator") IS FUCKING GREAT HOLY SHIT WOW

HI DERE, Thursday, 8 May 2008 20:22 (5 years ago) Permalink

It's so weird to see/hear "Creator" in a tv beer ad, although I can't figure out why I'd be surprised by any music/commercial pairing in 2008.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 8 May 2008 20:24 (5 years ago) Permalink

from what I've heard Santogold > No Doubt (but I'm not a ND fan)

Curt1s Stephens, Thursday, 8 May 2008 20:25 (5 years ago) Permalink

"No Doubt with all of the ska influences removed."

no theres one track with some rubbish dub influence on it and another which is kinda ska-punky. i like these tracks best although i think id like them more if the production was a bit less 'neat'. the rap tracks i like musically though, just not vocally.

titchyschneiderMk2, Thursday, 8 May 2008 20:29 (5 years ago) Permalink

I think what I was going for is that the influences seem much closer to the original source, ie it's proper dub/reggae influence rather than influence via the filter of someone else reinterpreting it through a rock filter.

"Lights Out" is super Missing Persons-esque.

HI DERE, Thursday, 8 May 2008 20:31 (5 years ago) Permalink

okay the first few seconds of "Starstruck" are great

HI DERE, Thursday, 8 May 2008 20:31 (5 years ago) Permalink

also yes, this woman is totally from the Gwen Stefani school of vocal production

HI DERE, Thursday, 8 May 2008 20:36 (5 years ago) Permalink

rong

Alpaca Lips (Johnny Fever), Tuesday, 5 July 2011 05:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

whoops you don't like "lights out"

bros -izing bros (k3vin k.), Tuesday, 5 July 2011 05:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

ilxor revives like this are him putting a bag of flaming dog crap on ilx's collective porch, except we always fail to realize that the house won't burn down if we don't put it out

dirty deathdrone boys (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 5 July 2011 05:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

lights out is gold

just sayin, Tuesday, 5 July 2011 06:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

The new Beastie Boys collab is mighty fine imo.

StanM, Tuesday, 5 July 2011 07:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah alright "lights out" is pretty alright, the rest of the album is like m.i.a. playing uninteresting pop-punk/ska tunes tho

i genuinely thought when i first joined that he was the admin (ilxor), Tuesday, 5 July 2011 07:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

ilxor revives like this are him putting a bag of flaming dog crap on ilx's collective porch

pretty sure the Santogold thread is not ilx's collective porch, unless we're ignoring the 500 people who worship new order in favor of the 10 who like santigold???

i genuinely thought when i first joined that he was the admin (ilxor), Tuesday, 5 July 2011 07:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

6 months pass...

Can we change this title to Santigold yet?

New track!

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 16:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

she has to be totally baiting the m.i.a. thing at this point, right?

tyga mother (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 17:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

song is kinda hot tho

tyga mother (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 17:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

okay yay Santi, I am super interested in you again

Bam! Orgasm explosion in your facehole. (DJP), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 17:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

There's also this song she guest on by Amadou & Mariam:

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 17:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

*guests

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 17:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

that percussion is like receiving an unrefusable order to break yo fuckin neck

love amadou & mariam so much! "taxi bamako" was my morning hangover music for like three years

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 17:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, everyone seemed to know about Amadou & Mariam besides me, so thanks to Santi for giving me an "in". Definitely have listened to them on Spotify in the past couple weeks.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 17:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Disparate Youth

Johnny Fever, Monday, 20 February 2012 19:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

^not bad.

daavid, Wednesday, 22 February 2012 05:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

damn good.

caulk the wagon and float it, Wednesday, 22 February 2012 17:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

There's a stream of the new album here http://disconaivete.com/post/21321079127

It sounds a lot more understated than I was expecting. Disparate Youth is the best thing on here by a mile.

Kitchen Person, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 14:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

I can't get that stream to work for whatever reason

an independent online phenomenon (DJP), Wednesday, 18 April 2012 14:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, most of the tracks aren't even playable.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 14:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

Maybe it only works for people in the UK? I only found as someone put a link up on the Popjustice forum.

Kitchen Person, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 14:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

Listening to it now and, while understated, it's fantastic the whole way through. "The Keeper" borrows a little of its contruction/melody from "Little Red Corvette" in a great way.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 22 April 2012 16:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Disparate Youth" is one of my singles of the year.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 22 April 2012 17:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's one of mine too, cannot believe it only reached number 96 in the charts here. The whole album is really good but that song just blows the rest away.

Kitchen Person, Sunday, 22 April 2012 19:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

I know it's not that uncommon but a performer who invites audience members up on stage with her is always going to make me like them that little bit more.

Really like this album - disparate youth (obv) but The Riot's Gone is also pretty outstanding - but absolutely love her live show. The dancers are amazing!

Upt0eleven, Friday, 27 April 2012 11:07 (1 year ago) Permalink

"Disparate Youth" is one of my singles of the year.

― Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, April 22, 2012 10:25 AM (2 weeks ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

^^^^^

madame boo berry (donna rouge), Thursday, 10 May 2012 21:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

"The Keepers" is almost as good. The rest -- meh.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 10 May 2012 21:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

look at these hoes

The Reverend, Thursday, 10 May 2012 22:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

i like the slow elegiac ones on this. "disparate youth", "the riot's gone", "god from the machine", "the keepers".

"freak like me" and "look at these hoes" are embarrassing shit that santi should leave to, idk, az banks or someone.

everything else is kinda ok.

funny reading the obama debate over the "shove your hope where it don't shine" line upthread b/c i really can't help but hear it like that now!

liberté, égalité, beyoncé (lex pretend), Friday, 11 May 2012 16:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

Strange how little attention this album is getting. I'm also underwhelmed. It's OK. But I half thought she had the ability to do something new and surprising. My favorite thing she's been involved in is still the Diplo / Santogold Top Ranking Dub mixtape album. So much fun.

paulhw, Saturday, 12 May 2012 02:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

lex i totally heard that line that way when i first heard it

madame boo berry (donna rouge), Saturday, 12 May 2012 02:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

(and still do, ahem)

madame boo berry (donna rouge), Saturday, 12 May 2012 02:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

Yeah this is kinda boring, I really like the single, but overall she's much better at doing glossy reggae and dub-inflected pop-rock than she is at doing crazy electro or fake dancehall or whatever Diplo or Switch or whoever are throwing at her. And there's not really enough of the former.

Homosexual Satan Wasp (Matt DC), Saturday, 12 May 2012 10:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

but there's not v much crazy electro or fake dancehall here, and the bits there are are the weakest bits. santigold isn't actually good at "fun" music, her most distinctive forte is how jaded and weary and grumpy she sounds. the best songs are fairly straightforward pop-rock ballads with the occasional interesting sonic/rhythmic detailing.

liberté, égalité, beyoncé (lex pretend), Saturday, 12 May 2012 10:43 (1 year ago) Permalink

i mean at her best she sounds like she wants to withdraw into herself and for the rest of the bullshit world to fuck off, and anything else is a compromise she has to navigate - and what she REALLY does well is making that sentiment sound anthemic and resonant

i mean did anyone actually pay attention to the words of "l.e.s. artistes", her calling card?

liberté, égalité, beyoncé (lex pretend), Saturday, 12 May 2012 10:44 (1 year ago) Permalink

and "disparate youth", this album's calling card?

liberté, égalité, beyoncé (lex pretend), Saturday, 12 May 2012 10:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

I never bother to listen to indie lyrics unless they're obviously brilliant or terrible, otherwise they're just cool sounds to go with the music - case in point being the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. I think agree with Lex on the best tracks and it's probably no coincidence that at least one of them sounds like a YYYs ballad.

Shame about this album really because I kinda wanted her to grow as an artist but this still feels like the serial collaborator's album it is. Like she'd mixing and matching from 30 years worth of art school artifice without working out which bits she's best at (answer - post-punk and pop-rock).

Homosexual Satan Wasp (Matt DC), Saturday, 12 May 2012 11:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

New single is great. Not sure about the video though, but the song sounds like a cross between "Little Red Corvette", "Running Up That Hill", and "Stand Back".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpn8xNW-sfs&feature=player_embedded#!

LeRooLeRoo, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 04:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

Sorry, I'll try one last time...

LeRooLeRoo, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 04:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

ooh good choice for a single

I see you, Pineapple Teef (DJP), Wednesday, 4 July 2012 04:24 (1 year ago) Permalink

btw I love this whole album

I see you, Pineapple Teef (DJP), Wednesday, 4 July 2012 04:26 (1 year ago) Permalink

I like it, but not excitedly like I did the first album. "The Keepers" is my favorite song here, so I'm glad it was chosen as a single.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 05:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

I love the whole album too.

LeRooLeRoo, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 13:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

This and "Disparate Youth" are the best.

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 4 July 2012 13:24 (1 year ago) Permalink

Yeah I really like the whole album too, surprised it's had such a lukewarm reaction. Agree that The Keepers is one of the highlights. I also really love This Isn't Our Parade and The Riot's Gone.

Kitchen Person, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 13:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

when this album is good it is so, so great - she conveys jaded yearning so well

lex pretend, Wednesday, 5 September 2012 08:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

santigold isn't actually good at "fun" music

I disagree with this a lot, unsurprisingly

Gandalf’s Gobble Melt (DJP), Thursday, 1 November 2012 14:15 (1 year ago) Permalink

6 months pass...

man "The Keepers" sounds so good after several months' distance

A deeper shade of lol (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 18 May 2013 17:34 (11 months ago) Permalink


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