Santigold has always known how to bring the party, whether it’s in her music or her energetic live shows. She’s got that something special to get fans energized and feeling good. “Banshee” is her latest track off of her upcoming new album 99¢ and it’s got that wacky, spastic sound that Santigold is so great at perfecting. Her new album is bound to bring her to the next level and we can join the ride when the album releases on February 26, via Atlantic Records. Check out the Beats 1 premiere of “Banshee” below.
2015 came and went, some albums gave us chills, others made us want to party like it’s 1999, and then there were ones that just never seemed to arrive at all. While Adele made her surprising reappearance into the music world, Frank Ocean was probably off on an island far, far away laughing at us all as we impatiently wait for his sophomore album. He was most likely chillin’ alongside Rihanna and Kanye West, who have also been taking their precious time to release their next albums. Before we get too bitter about this, it’s important to think about all the great works of art that are likely to flood our ears in 2016. Here’s a list of albums that will (hopefully) arrive in the new year and fill our musical needs.
Santigold is so funky. I love it. She’s often compared to M.I.A., but I think Santigold does it so much better than M.I.A. She stays funky, but keeps the ball in bounds. Personally, I think M.I.A. takes it one step too far; there’s a point where it just doesn’t make any sense. Santi is a bit more grounded and approachable. But she’s still a total weirdo. And I can dig it. Can you?
RWANDAN ELECTRO-POP. I love finding new music like this. I would love to say this was a complete steal of a find, but iyaDedE is quickly rising in the ranks and is now being compared to the likes of Goldfrapp and Santigold.
Born and raised in Rwanda, iyaDedE (pronounced eeya deh deh) has now lived on 3 continents after escaping the genocide of 1994 by fleeing to Belgium, and now living in Brooklyn, NY. Her mother was a popular radio DJ in Rwanda and iyaDedE has decided to pursue the same passion. In addition to all of this, she speaks four languages!
She is known to love rock and soul music and blend the two into grimy electronica with the touch of clever words in both English and Kinyarwanda (native Rwandan language).
One of the featured tracks, “Brimstone and Fire,” is an “urgent post-punk anthem about colonization.”
Visit the following sites to hear more of iyaDedE’s work and thoughts:
“Soldier” (ft. Santigold) – N.E.R.D.
This is unreal. Pharrell kills it with his up-tempo rapping, Santi’s singing is as good as it always is, and the snare drum is going to be ringing in your ear throughout the night. This just might be the definition of a skater-esque jam!
Download “Soldier” (right click and save)
“You don’t know me / I am an introvert an excavator / I’m duckin’ out for now / A face in dodgy elevators / Creep up and suddenly / I found myself / an innovator”
– “L.E.S. Artistes” by Santigold
I’m going to try to start posting lyrics of the day, which will typically be from songs that have come on my speakers on that day. First feature is Santigold from her song “L.E.S. Artistes,” which was one of the best songs of last year, in my opinion.
Santigold turns her swag on at a concert in Dallas! I see you Santi!
“Triangle Walks” – Fever Ray
This one’s a bit different, but I’m digging it. Her voice is sort of similar to Santigold’s.
“Brooklyn We Go Hard” – Jay-Z (ft. Santigold) (prod. by Kanye West)
Pretty mainstream, but I like it. Jay-Z has caught a little bit of Lil Wayne’s flavor, and Ye has the beat down on this one. Best part about the song: no autotune, despite Ye’s appearance in the studio. Catchy, fun for a pregame.