Friday, May 22, 2009
Santogold is the epitome of cool.
Influenced by a perfectly even blend of punk, 80s new wave, hip hop and reggae, she's been a producer and writer -- specifically working on one of my favorite unsung records of the last decade, the debut album from Res -- and the brains and voice behind her own debut album, which could very well have been the best thing released last year.
She's the true definition of an artist, always pushing boundaries and regularly working with some of the most talented and divergent people in modern music -- from Mark Ronson, to the Beastie Boys, to Lily Allen, to David Byrne.
From her eponymous first record, here's Santogold, with the best song you'll hear all day -- Lights Out.
And as a bonus, here she is with Julian Casablancas of the Strokes and Pharrell, doing My Drive Thru.
(And yes, I realize she's officially changed the spelling of her stage name to Santigold. Give me a little time to let it sink in, please.)