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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 (nine years ago) Permalink

four 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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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

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

two 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine years ago) Permalink

two 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 (eight 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 (eight years ago) Permalink

or the police

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

or tegan and sara

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

or gahbage

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

one 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 (eight 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 (eight years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Her voice reminds me of early Sting :-)

(first impression: album seems pretty great)

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

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

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

two weeks pass...

deeply offended by jodorowsky-ripoff video for "creator"

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

i like this album

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

she's good

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

So Missing Persons.

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

EXACTLY
Enjoyable tho'.

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

Missing Persons OTM.

Fun record, meh on repeat.

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

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

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

okay the first few seconds of "Starstruck" are great

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

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

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

look at these hoes

The Reverend, Thursday, 10 May 2012 22:25 (four years 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 (four years 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 (four years 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 (four years ago) Permalink

(and still do, ahem)

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

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

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

one 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 (four years ago) Permalink

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

LeRooLeRoo, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 04:19 (four years ago) Permalink

ooh good choice for a single

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

btw I love this whole album

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

I love the whole album too.

LeRooLeRoo, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 13:22 (four years ago) Permalink

This and "Disparate Youth" are the best.

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

two 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 (four years ago) Permalink

one 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 (four years ago) Permalink

six 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 (three years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

New single and album!

http://pitchfork.com/news/61940-santigold-announces-new-album-99-shares-cant-get-enough-of-myself/

daavid, Wednesday, 4 November 2015 22:03 (one year ago) Permalink

This is a great single!

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 4 November 2015 22:19 (one year ago) Permalink

did you guys know Res' "Golden Boys" was written about Mos Def? ~gossip~

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Wednesday, 4 November 2015 22:19 (one year ago) Permalink

Love the single, it's so much fun. Looking forward to the album. Does it have a release date?

Kitchen Person, Wednesday, 4 November 2015 23:27 (one year ago) Permalink

Can maybe a mod change the thread title to: "Santogold/Santigold" ? I feel like it would help with searching.

daavid, Thursday, 5 November 2015 03:55 (one year ago) Permalink

This is a great single!

Was just coming here to say the opposite. Ehh.

Very cool album cover, tho.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 5 November 2015 05:04 (one year ago) Permalink

Like, if Gwen Stefani had released this song, I think it was surprisingly good. But for Santi to do it, I find it a letdown.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 5 November 2015 05:06 (one year ago) Permalink

Single's OK but nowhere near as good as "Disparate Youth".

daavid, Thursday, 5 November 2015 05:38 (one year ago) Permalink

Single's OK but nowhere near as good as "Disparate Youth".

― daavid, Thursday, November 5, 2015 5:38 AM (12 hours ago)

Yes but that's unfair, that's like her best single of all time.

I like it because backing track sounds very inspired by William Onyeabor. What's not to like?

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 5 November 2015 18:15 (one year ago) Permalink

"Disparate Youth" and "The Keepers" are two of the best singles of the last five years imo

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 5 November 2015 18:34 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah, I'd agree with that. Such a shame that neither of those songs were hits. The second album was really underrated.

Kitchen Person, Thursday, 5 November 2015 20:26 (one year ago) Permalink

It had that wide, instant appeal that great pop songs have. Almost everytime it gets played on one of my bars people ask what song it is.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 5 November 2015 22:16 (one year ago) Permalink

three months pass...

I just listened to "Banshee" and my first reaction was "huh, this is garbage" ;_;

its subtle brume (DJP), Friday, 12 February 2016 18:08 (nine months ago) Permalink

Loved the first single, not feeling the subsequent two singles.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 12 February 2016 21:50 (nine months ago) Permalink

There seems to be absolutely no hype for this album at all. I didn't even know there had been two other singles.

Kitchen Person, Friday, 12 February 2016 22:48 (nine months ago) Permalink

I had no idea she had a new album coming. I just remember that one summer in the 00's when she was playing in like everyone bar I went to.

(•̪●) (carne asada), Friday, 12 February 2016 23:10 (nine months ago) Permalink

The album is now streaming on NPR. I am two songs into it. It's remarkably terrible.

its subtle brume (DJP), Thursday, 18 February 2016 19:29 (nine months ago) Permalink

The first two songs make "Banshee" seem tolerable, btw

its subtle brume (DJP), Thursday, 18 February 2016 19:31 (nine months ago) Permalink

That's a shame. The cover art is wonderful

art baengels (monotony), Thursday, 18 February 2016 20:30 (nine months ago) Permalink

Half of this album is really great and half of it is kind of forgettable. Banshee has grown on me a lot since I first heard it a couple of weeks ago. Kind of reminds me of something on Ze Records.

Love that she's brought some of the new wave influences back from her first album on Rendezvous Girl and Who I Thought You Were. Apart from those two songs, the second half is kind of a drag. There's one that sounds like a really bad Siouxsie & The Banshees impression.

Kitchen Person, Friday, 19 February 2016 18:05 (nine months ago) Permalink

Chasing Shadows is so good. Her version of Need Ur Love by Charli XCX.

Kitchen Person, Friday, 19 February 2016 18:05 (nine months ago) Permalink

When I heard Chasing Shadows I thought it was the same sample as hard knock life

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 19 February 2016 23:11 (nine months ago) Permalink

iLoveMakonnen collaborations sound so patronizing and are bad

Toof Seteltha (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 19 February 2016 23:16 (nine months ago) Permalink

This is kind of fun:

https://cantgetenoughofmyself.webcam/

Mods should change thread name to Santogold / Santigold

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 1 March 2016 07:20 (nine months ago) Permalink


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