27 May 2008
It is obvious why album opener "L.E.S. Artistes" was picked as the lead single. While it isn't the album's best song, it is surely one of the most accessible and shows off Santi "Santogold" White's pop flair. At the same time, "Lights Out" and "I'm A Lady" are also contenders to be the next single with their accessible pop-rock melodies and wonderful vocals.
"Creator", which has been a staple on her MySpace site for a while now, is a much harder, grittier song than any of the three I've mentioned so far. It has hypnotic vocals, with White changing her voice at least three times during the course of the song, tribal beats and a heart-pounding electro rhythm. Here, it is obvious that being friends with M.I.A. has an impact on you. On "You'll Find A Way", White's punk rock roots shine through in a torrent of wailing guitars and angry, relentless vocals. Her days as a member of Stiffed appear to have been worth it.
Meanwhile, there is also a more downbeat side to Santogold that is equally as entrancing. "Anne" is dark and menacing, much like Depeche Mode, while "My Superman" sounds like a track from Siouxsie and the Banshees "Kaleidoscope" album. Both are charming and almost seductive but also dangerous, with White's voice taking a more sinister turn.
On her debut album, Santogold has proved that bringing many different genres of music together can result in a magnificent product, far from the incoherent mess that might be expected of such an adventurous collection of songs.
1. link the person(s) who tagged you… (er, have already done this myself)
2. Mention the rules on your blog
3. Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks of yours...
4. Tag 6 following bloggers by linking them…
5. Leave a comment on each of the tagged blogger’s blogs letting them know they’ve been tagged..
So here goes:
1.) I put my work on the wall. It helps me remember what I've done/have to do.
2.) I don't mix my food. Don't ask why, most people do but I don't.
3.) I love pepper. Black pepper on everything!
4.) Shopping is a lovely pleasure (behind music of course). Especially for clothes
5.) I could go through a whole bag (we're talking massive) of jelly babies
6.) I listen to my iPod in the dark and oddly enough it's pretty soothing considering some of the stuff I've got on there!
Well, they were some pretty unspectacular quirks weren't they? Anyway, now I've got to nominate 6 people (and hope that someone else hasn't already done the same). So I want to nominate.... Tina, Babooshka, Brett, Junkliberty, Faizal and Astrogalaxy with this! Enjoy!
23 May 2008
So then it's decided. This summer I'll be mostly blogging about the acts I see at the major festivals on the TV (which might strike people as being odd, but at least I keep my writing up!) and attempting to get to some gigs, get myself down to Stockton.... should be fun.
What I'm Listening To Right Now - "Young Love" by Mystery Jets
18 May 2008
In the mean time, listen to "Two Doors Down" the new single from Mystery Jets. It has a real 80s pop vibe to it, but not in a bad way at all. The video is also quite funny - it's a total parody of the types of videos they used to have then (check out the funky blazers!).
Be back soon, I promise!
What I'm Listening to Right Now - "That's Not My Name" by The Ting Tings
14 May 2008
Well, you'll know from previous posts that I'm just completely worked up about the release of the Santogold album and I have to say - to banish any skeptics - that the rest of the album is totally different to her main release, "L.E.S. Artistes". The rest is a wonderful combination of rock and hip-hop (a new genre of Hip-Rock anyone? No?), something that I am particularly eager to listen to in full.
Secondly, and third as well, come The Ting Tings and Cajun Dance Party. I think I will play all three albums to death in the coming weeks (well, as long as I manage to get my paws on them). Suddenly I have been overwhelmed with albums that are actually being released this year. Normally, I collect albums from the past... Maybe this is an indication that some of the music coming out this year is pretty brilliant. Enough to persuade me to buy it!
What I'm Listening To Right Now - "Kinky Afro" by Happy Mondays
13 May 2008
Well done Gruff, you're completely right!
08 May 2008
07 May 2008
I think it is amazing that I actually agree with something that Gallagher says. Normally he talks about how great he is or that Oasis are still a dominant force in music (no offence to anyone who might like them, but their last few singles have been pretty rubbish really). But here he's actually said something worthwhile. Jay-Z will be a downer on the festival, it doesn't matter who he has joining him to play. I don't think we want the whole thing packed out with little teenagers who haven't even heard of half the bands who play there. Radio 1's Big Weekend is made for that.
Kudos to you, Mr. Gallagher. Savour the moment as I might never praise you again.
What I'm Listening to Right Now - "L.E.S. Artistes" by Santogold
06 May 2008
In two weeks The Ting Tings are releasing their debut album entitled "We Started Nothing". They're re-releasing their first single "That's Not My Name" one week before as well. As a pop duo, they're great. Spunky and quirky enough to avoid becoming sugary sweet but light-hearted enough not to fade into obscurity. Of all the songs they've released, "Great DJ" is undoubtedly the best, with its pounding drums and electronic melody line. Katie White's voice sounds the best on this song as well.
I've just realised that I'm going to have one heck of a long list of CDs to buy in the next month or so. Oh well, it couldn't hurt!
What I'm Listening to Right Now - "Fancy Footwork" by Chromeo
Oh and this is my 50th post on JJS. Hooray, I've reached a landmark!
What I'm Listening to Right Now - "Gold Lion" by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
04 May 2008
A mention here for M.I.A's mate Santogold (real name Santi White) who is due to release her debut album in a month's time. I actually can't wait for this release - she may not be as gritty as her Sri-Lankan-via-London colleague but White is fun, danceable and still more experimental than other artists of her kind right now.
While the popular single "L.E.S. Artistes" may not show this so much - although this is a good, solid pop-meets-R'n'B-and-dance tune - "Creator", her first single, certainly does. To compare her once again to M.I.A., it's like "20 Dollar" meets "Bucky Done Gun" with less political commentary. So more of an easy listen, but Santogold still creates a great tune. Maybe I should describe it as good noise. But definitely not in the ever so slightly unbearable way that someone like Crystal Castles might make it....
What I'm Listening to Right Now - "Rebel in You" by Supergrass
I think that you could tell that "Just a Song..." was one of the first songs they probably wrote. It's much more naive and doesn't have the depth that their other singles do.
Nevertheless, they're a good band and I'm looking forward to hearing more from them. I think they should probably build on the fact that they have a violinist in the band while still trying to maintain a gritty edge.
01 May 2008
Yes, this is what's it has come to. My point in this question is that there seems to be a multitude of very proud and conceited young men emerging into the world of music, including Sparro and Ronson.
First of all, let's start with "super-producer" Ronson. When he waddled on to the scene poking a horrific cover of The Smiths' "Stop Me.." into everyone's faces, he was heralded as the next big thing and at first it seemed like he would fade after a little while - after all, a lot of these DJs/Producers who make these remix/cover versions in the dance style generally have one hit and then disappear off the face of the planet. But then he re-emerged brandishing a cover of "Oh My God" by Kaiser Chiefs fronted by (gulp) Lily Allen. If that wasn't bad enough, he decided to have a go at "Valerie" by the Zutons and stick Amy Winehouse into the frame. Suddenly he was a god, and had made "one of the best records of recent times". Er, no! I think that if he had written this song as an original piece and came out of nowhere then maybe that would be more cause for praise. But he just took the whole ethos of the song and stuck a few trumpets on it. All of a sudden he's created a masterpiece, the Mona Lisa of the music world. Now he goes around looking incredibly smug in his designer suits and floppy-fringed haircuts, bragging about who he used to hang around with as a kid and basically talking as if he's god's gift to the world.
Sparro is no different. Apart from the fact that he's given himself a ridiculous name (seriously, where did he get that one from?), he's gone and made a self-indulgent dance single that ponders the existence of god ("Black and Gold" - truly annoying after you've heard it a billion times). Yes, that's right. I actually think that he likes the sound of his own voice. There is something in the way that he sings that actually suggests that he is completely in love with himself. I can imagine himself pulling smug little faces and trying to look incredibly attractive when singing. Then there's some of the promotional photos. He pouts and looks at the camera in a way that says "I know I'm gorgeous and wonderfully talented. You should think so too."
I think it'll be great when we get some new young men into the business that don't have this kind of attitude. Everything is suddenly about image and it takes away from the music - perhaps a more down-to-earth man would write songs that are not reflections of an egotistical personality.
1.)Write your own six word memoir.
2.)Post it on your blog; include a visual illustration if you'd like.
3.)Link to the person that tagged you in your post, and to the original post if possible.
4.)Tag at least five more blogs with links.
5.)Leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play!
So here's mine:
Musically Obsessed Woman Still Buys CDs
How uncool am I? Still buying CDs when everyone's pratically going on and on about how that industry is nigh-on dead! Oh well. Here's my nominations (you know who you are!):
Okay, I look forward to seeing your six-word memoirs!