Wednesday, July 23, 2008


The picture up above is an action shot of the 2008 pop sensation Santogold getting down at SXSW, backed by the ever-productive DJ Diplo. I was one of the tiny specs in a large audience that showed up at the Fader party to catch the show, though I had absolutely no clue who/what Santogold was. Mind you this was a good month prior to the release of her debut album, which has since made its way near the top of the charts.

Diplo produced a few of those Santogold tracks, and the two also collaborated on a mixtape called Top Ranking that was officially released a few weeks ago. It must have sold well, because the label says it's out of stock. The mixtape has an enjoyable dose of remixes, dub beats, old-school favorites, and a quasi-cover of The Clash's "The Guns of Brixton." There are touches of Ratatat, Panda Bear, Devo, Aretha Franklin...all kinds of good stuff. Definitely worth taking for a spin.
Santi & friends selling shoes, in fine style:


Richie said...

That looked like a bangin show. I was at summerstage and saw her there, it was fantastic.

Mr. Curiosity said...

Yeah it was really cool. Spank Rock came out after Santi and kept the party goin.