Posts Tagged ‘Santigold’
25 Sleigh Bells – Reign of Terror
Sometimes I have these weird dreams where Alexis Kraus is seducing me by playing “Comeback Kid” in a flannel onesie. I wake up hating my life.
24 Andy Stott – Luxury Problems
A beautiful body of cutting edge experimental music to make out to.
23 Mackelmore – The Heist
Mainstream hip-hop at it’s finest. I should also note that Macklemore gives me a female boner, sorry mum. And for all you haters out there, watch this.
22. Blue Sky Black Death & Nacho Picasso – Exalted & The Lord Of The Flies
Some tripped out stuff from South of the border in Seattle where they are having the second coming of grunge but hip hop this time. Check out Blue Sky Black Death & Nacho Picasso who released 3? albums in 2012.
21 Scuba – Personality
Scuba’s DJ set at FIVESIXTY in August was one of my faves of 12′. He’s on the rise after departing from his previous dubstep sound to hard hitting techno with a dash of trance.
20. Carly Rae Jepsen – Kiss
There are several reasons why former Mission, BC resident Carly Rae Jepsen made our list this year. Firstly, according to my iTunes library I’ve listened to “This Kiss” a total of 62 times, with “Wrong Feels So Right” coming in at a solid 42. Secondly, ya’ll know you listened to “Call Me Maybe” at least once this summer while simultaneously enjoying the fuck out of yourself. And lastly, my roommate went to high school with her and apparently she killed it as Dorothy in the “Wizard of Oz”.
19 Riff Raff – Birth of An Icon
The highly controversial and fascinating, Riff Raff put together a solid free album after being signed to Mad Decent. He’s got his share of haters which means he must be doing something right??
18. Peace – The World Is Too Much With Us
Vancouver’s Peace giving young girls everywhere dem feelins.
17. Santigold – Master of My Make Believe
This record makes me want to purchase a pair of leopard print jeggings and twerk the night away.
16. White Lung – Sorry
Vancouver’s White Lung. It’s funny because the album is called Sorry and it’s 20minutes long but it’s 20 minutes of the best getting beat up for your lunch money you ever felt.
15. Schoolboy Q – Habits & Contradictions
Bucket hat connoisseur and rap mastermind ScHoolboy Q has a flow reminiscent of yung HOVA. He also has a song entitled “Sexting”, which is cool.
14. Twin Shadow – Confess
On his sophomore effort, Twin Shadow uses an 80’s sensibility to document his life and relationships in the present tense. It’s an album filled with danceable beats and human emotion, or in other words, the perfect record for a suburban house party.
13 The XX – Coexist
I felt a little underwhelmed by this album at first but it’s subtly grew on me. Chill vibes.
12 Tame Impala – Lonerism
I get serious Sgt. Peppers vibes from this album and I am totally ok with that.
11 A Tribe Called Red – A Tribe Called Red
Ottawa’s A Tribe Called Red mix the pow-wow vibes with the Trap Moombah thing to create one of the most unique combinations of sound in the “EDM” world. Oh, and Diplo fux wit it.
10 Japandroids – Celebration Rock
Making Vancouver proud since 2009.
9 How To Dress Well -Total Loss
When I go through intense periods of hating the opposite sex, I listen to How to Dress Well and write poetry about shitty bro’s.
8 Purity Ring – Shrines
Consisting of 11-tracks, “Shrines” unique concoction of electronic-dance music makes you sad that the world is going end with Y2K.
7 Flume – Flume
Debut album from this young Australian producer has all the right influences across the electronic music spectrum creating something modern and unique. Expect big things.
6 Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream
I have a feeling this dude is gunna have a sex tape in the near future, Ray J style. KD is tite though.
5 Alt–J – An Awesome Wave
Loves this album. Mercury prize winner. The musical equivalent to a field full of pretty smelling flowers.
4. Kendrick Lamar- Good Kid M.A.A.D City
Compton-native Kendrick Lamar returns rap to a gloried art form with “good kid, m.A.A.d city”. As his major label debut, “GKMC” explores Lamar’s childhood through poetic rhyming, strategically placed skits, and collaborations with some of the industries biggest names, including Drake and Dr. Dre as executive producer. This is one of those albums that will only get better with time, kind of like “The Chronic”.
3. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
Nominated for six Grammy’s, Frankie’s studio debut is a beautiful representation of lust, life and heartbreak. And if you’re human, it will quickly remind you that love knows no limits, orientation, race, or gender.
2. Grimes – Visions
1. Lana Del Rey – Born To Die (The Paradise Edition)
Oh Lana, how dare they say such mean things about you and try to tell you that you are not #indie, manufactured and judge you based on one Saturday Night Live performance. They do not know you like I do. We know it’s not true. They just want to dismiss your genius so they can feel better about their terrible lives. We won’t let them do that to you. You are #1.
There are very few people in this world that possess all of the following qualities 1) artistic 2) exceptionally athletic and 3) cool as fuck. Trevor “Trouble” Andrew just happens to be one of these people.
After a childhood spent skateboarding on the coast of Nova Scotia, Andrew turned to snowboarding and would eventually go pro at the tender age of 12. He then spent the majority of his later adolescence traveling the world, participating in two Winter Olympics and the 2000 X-Games. Sometime during this craziness he met Santi White, who you all know as the fabulous Santigold. The two started dating, fell madly in love and finally made their courtship official roughly two years ago.
Now rewind to 2004, when Andrew’s suffered a tragic knee injury that forced him to explore different avenues. Being influenced by his ladylove and a SP1200, he began experimenting with different mixes, fusing together his love for punk rock, southern crunk, and gangsta rap.
Shortly after his musical awakening, Andrew started the “Trouble Andrew” band, who released their debut album in 2007. Since then, Andrew’s has gone on to become a brand ambassador for Native Shoes, designed for the likes of Burton, Monster Energy and Nixon, as well as collaborate with some of the music industries biggest names.
Not only has he hooked up with his wife on a few tracks, but he’s also been featured with pretty boy Diplo, Curren$y and Spankrock to name a few. Oh, I should also mention that he’s started his own record label entitled Trouble Records and rocks a ripped denim jacket like none other.
All in all, the dudes a Canadian prodigy and while spending time with him on Saturday, (before he performed with Santigold at the Commodore), it also became apparent that he’s one of the chillest artists around. Check out my interview with him below.
Describe yourself in five words or less.
Honest, loyal, driven, athletic, and creative.
You’ve spent a lot of time in Vancouver and Whistler, what’s your favorite thing about living in British Columbia?
I love the lifestyle out here, being surrounded by the mountains and the water. To me it’s one of the most peaceful places in the world. Some people are pulled towards certain places and when I’m out here I’m just so calm.
Do you think being bi-coastal influences your music and personal style?
I don’t know, maybe. I think traveling and being always on the move in general has influenced me. Being exposed to different things, different cultures, has introduced me to so much that has in turn affected my music and my art.
If you could only have three pairs of shoes in your wardrobe, what would they be?
I would have a pair of Native shoes because I’m part of the company and it’s something that I’m super proud of, plus they’re awesome; I know I could rock them anywhere. Then I would have a pair of combat boots or Docs. I’d also have a pair of dope Gucci slip on’s, black on black, just in case I had to go somewhere.
When you’re in the pipe or shredding pow what music do you have coming through your headphones?
When I was younger I would listen to the Descendents “Coolidge” a lot and their whole “Somery” album. Also Tupac’s “All Eyez on Me” really pushed me, I wrote a lot to that record too. I used to just make mixes. I don’t know if you remember mini disc players but I would make mixes for the Olympics, U.S. Open, X-Games etc. I still have them all too.
You’ve worked with everyone from Diplo to Stunnaman, who else would you love to collaborate with?
There are tons of people I’d love to work with, like Trent Reznor or Iggy Pop. Drake would be dope too.
If you could go back in time and spend one day with Tupac, what would you plan for the two of you?
I would love to be in L.A. with him, rolling around in a Phantom or vintage Bentley, cruising down sunset, throwing money out the window, top down. But then another part of me would want to take him out here and go to fucking Whistler. I’d love to teach him how to snowboard.
In your opinion, what’s the mot romantic thing you’ve ever done?
(Blushing)…that’s a question you’d really have to ask Santi.
Do you think you’re a romantic guy?
I think I’m defiantly romantic. Sometimes my crazy life and ADD gets in the way but I don’t think romance is something you do a couple times a week, it’s being thoughtful, and it’s the little things. I’m really good with my words so I write some pretty romantic text messages.
When can we expect the Trouble Gang compilation?
I think probably by the end of the summer, August maybe. But I’m going to start putting songs out from it right now. I want to drop this song I did with my new artist Mulller St-Cyr, he’s from Brooklyn and is one of the illest rappers I’ve ever heard.
Interview by @clarkbs
Mark my words, Santigold is taking over. And I’m pretty sure that after watching this video flocks of young females are going to be hitting up their local H&M for some floral trousers.
posted by @clarkbs
A few years ago I wrote a paper in which I discussed and subsequently dissected the current state of women in hip-hop. I eventually came to the conclusion that my fellow gender counteparts were about to take back what was rightfully theirs. The reasoning behind this you ask? Well that’s easy, her name is Santigold.
Santigold (formerly Santogold) released her debut album in 2008 and that shit was all kinds of cray. It blended everything from reggae to indie pop and featured some of the industries biggest names, including Diplo and Switch. She co-wrote and produced the entire album and once again made female empowerment an endearing quality.
As of late, Santigold has been working on her follow up album “Master of My Make-Believe”, which is expected for a spring release. The first single “Big Mouth” dropped last month and with it she reclaims the meaning behind bad ass bitch. It’s reminiscent of old-school Missy Elliot and the subtle stabs at her misguided haters is pure genius. This is one fantasy I definitely want to be apart of.
Download the track for free here.
posted by @clarkbs
Winnie’s, Christian Flores has a new No More Strangers mix. It’s pretty ace.