Songs: Say Aha; I’m a Lady
Artist: Santogold (not anymore though)
I’d say “dust off your records” but the album’s only three years old. All but two or three songs are rock solid, with most being incredibly catchy, but why not the super-spunky one with hooks hangin’ out the anus (cf. Puff Daddy)– they’re everywhere (see: the take-no-prisoners chorus that’s already bent you to its will). As far as vocal style, you got your fire and sass, your understated, assured cool, and your angelic coo that assure, “empowering lyrical package, we got your back.” To say nothing of the danceable-as-hell aspect, awesome and beneficent 25-second outro with guitar solo, impressive production value, and brutally efficient economics– the song clocks a perfect 3.5 minutes. No teasing nor ingratiating.
To contrast nicely, the less heralded, tucked-away-at-the-end-of-the-album “I’m a Lady”. A loping, relaxed groove with calm, slightly detached vocals to match, and a chorus that sneaks up on you in letting you know how catchy it really is. I may not be gushing like above, but I really like this song. It’s unassuming but strong. Where “Aha” is defiant and perky, this song cool as a cucumber.
Credit inspiration to a fellow admirer who informed me that a new album would arrive this year. Further research yielded the fact that a month ago, almost to the day, she signed with Roc-a-Fella. Good for you, Santi.