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Santigold Announces New Album 99¢, Shares “Can’t Get Enough of Myself”

Today, Santigold premiered a groovy, feel-good new single called “Can’t Get Enough of Myself” via Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show and announced the title of her brand new album called, 99¢ (artwork above)! She also shared details on the album’s peculiar title and what the new single is all about during a phone conversation with the radio host.

99¢ is schedule to arrive early 2016! Can’t wait!!!!

Take a listen!!

Brand New Song from SANTIGOLD! Listen To “Radio”

A few years after the release of her masterful 2012 Master of My Make-Believe musical-chameleon Santigold returns with a soaring, brand new single called “Radio”.

The tune is lifted from the upcoming teen flick Paper Towns scheduled to be release on July 24The movie’s soundtrack will also features selections by Twin Shadow, Vance Joy, Son Lux, and more.

Pre-order the soundtrack now (available July 10th) and get a free download of “Radio”.

Check it out!

Thoughts?!

BEST ALBUMS OF 2012

 

Here are my top picks for best albums of the year.

If you missed my picks for 2011 check here.

 

25. The KDMSKinky Dramas & Magic Stories [iTunes]

We’d got a taste of The KDMS’s sound via their incredibly groovy cover of Madonna‘s Gimme All Your Luvin’ (here). The duo, comprised of Polish producer Maximilian Skiba and singer Kathy Diamond continued to showcase their groove and motion with their upbeat, feel good, nu-disco debut. If you are a fan of Róisín Murphy‘s sexy vocals, then you should let Kathy Diamond’s soulful voice seduce you the same way Murphy’s does.


24. GossipA Joyful Noise [iTunes]

I still feel Beth Ditto’s vocals on this record sound restrained and controlled—but watching Ditto belt-out these tracks LIVE (where Ditto is at her best) 3-times during the course of this release, I’ve grown to love this record. Ditto’s raw LIVE vocal power birth new life into every song; the stage is where these songs truly become A Joyful Noise.

23. WAZURobobo [iTunes]

 Dark-wave Aussie duo WAZU arrived out of nowhere with the haunting industrial track, Murder 1′; the track quickly became one of my favorites— but it wasn’t till the witchy, synth-heavy track ‘Happy Endings’ appeared that I began to pay attention. Their debut album, Robobo is heavily influenced by new-wave and ’80s industrial sound that bare comparison to the best in the genre (Depeche Mode). The vocal exchanges and mashups between singers Matt and Rizz are definitely a plus here–as it adds a new dimension to the music. Robobo is not perfect, but it’s a great introduction to a very promising band.

22. SSIONBent [iTunes]

There are plenty of addictive, pop, house, dance tunes and glitter here to turn anyone into a dancing queen. Simply play the addictive, ‘Blonde With You’ and ‘Listen 2 The Grrrls’ once, and I guaranteed you that you’ll be hooked. There is no escaping the dancing power of SSION.

21. TRUSTTRST [iTunes]

TRUST‘s (Robert Alfons and Austra‘s Maya Postepski) industrial, moody, goth-flecked synth-pop sound will seduce you into a dark, sweaty world filled with smoke, sex and drugs. Robert Alfons’ smoky, slithering vocals on this record are creepy, menacing, inviting, and at the same time seductive and sexually enticing. Think Crystal Castles with a more sensual pop sound. I love this record.

20. Garbage Not Your Kind of People [iTunes]

I’ve been a fan of Garbage from the very beginning. Through their good, Bad and ugly. Fortunately, Not Your Kind of People is one of their best work. This record represents Garbage’s return to form…the dazzling alt-rock-sythn heavy hooks and screeching guitars of the 90’s are back, alongside Shirley Manson’s empowering vocals and songs. Give this record another try!


19. LadyhawkeAnxiety [iTunes]

Ladyhawke‘s sophomore album was not what fans were expecting from the New Zealand singer. On her second outing, Brown substituted her synthy-pop sound with psychedelic guitar-riffs and 80s inspired rock hooks that brought a level of maturity to her music. The record succeeds, by delivering catchy and lyrically engaging pop tunes that never sound too-distant from Ladyhawke’s electro-pop material.


18. Friends Manifest! [iTunes]

The 1980s musical revival never sounded so good… and so addictive. Brooklyn based, indie-electro-pop band, Friends’ ( a horrible name btw, try to Google the word ‘Friends,’ it’ll take you 10hrs to find the band)  collection of cool and slick indie-dance tracks will seduce you into a New York state of mind where punk, funk and disco once dared to mingle.


17. Lana Del ReyBorn To Die [iTunes]

I think by now we all have our own opinions about who Lana Del Rey is or wants to be  — but if we allow ourselves to let go of everything we know about her, including the dreadful SNL live performance and just focus solemnly on her music; we end-up with a soulful, remarkable record that transcends genres and time. ‘Born To Die’ successfully fuses hip-hop, R&B and electronic pop music with a vintage, faux-americana with a 1950s flair that oozes sensuality and glam; all while maintaining a vague sense humor.

 

16. Hot ChipIn Our Heads [iTunes]

This is probably hot chip’s most playful and colorful record to date. In Our Heads sounds like a debut of sorts due to it’s innovation and fusion of genres like Disco, Techno and Pop. Let Alexis Taylor and Joe Goddard‘s inescapable sound lure you back onto the dancefloor and help you get your groove back.


15. Frank OceanChannel ORANGE [iTunes]

On this record Frank Ocean pours his heart and soul and lays it all down for the whole world to see. Channeling the best of Stevie Wonder and Prince, every track on this record perfectly depicts stories of love and loss over Ocean’s soulful, falsetto-brushed vocals and honeycombed R&B grooves.

14. Purity RingShrines [iTunes]

Canadian duo Purity Ring (Megan James and Corin Roddick) will remind you of a few bands; the duo employs the same ghostly pitch-shifted vocals reminiscent of The Knife, Burial, and Crystal Castles to some extend. But the duo aligns closer to nu-wave and synth-pop bands of the 80’s. Unlike the bands mentioned above, Purity Ring brings a ‘fun’ factor to their lush, dreamy sound —and the clever mixture of hip-hop, synth and R&B grooves makes for a very creative debut.

13. SolangeTRUE [iTunes]

Admittedly, I’ve never heard Solange’s first record. So this album is kinda like a debut for me. From the first addictive opening track, Losing You to the soulful nostalgic final track Bad Girls  this record is true perfection from beginning to end—largely in part to the slick masterful production of Dev Hynes, (Aka Blood Orange) Dev Hynes is a genius musician!

12. Crystal Castles(III) [iTunes]

I think this is probably my favorite Crystal Castles’ album to date. On this record the band sounds more streamlined, cohesive and melodic than before. There is still plenty of anger, screams and staggering synth work here, but it all feels like it has purpose now. There is structure to the sound and lyrically it conveys more emotions than the previous records…even if the lyrics are still dystopian and apocalyptic in nature.

11. Marina and The DiamondsElectra Heart [iTunes]

This record shares a lot of similarities to Lana Del Rey‘s Born To Die. They both share the same sentiment and obsession about the American life and dream — they both feel like are being narrated by a housewife…and thou Del Rey’s take has more of a vintage (50’s and 60’s) nostalgic approach, Marina’s vision plays a like a mainstream soap opera with a cynical take on the role. This is an incredible pop record.

 

10. The XXCoexist    [iTunes]

A beautiful record that flourishes on its own minimalist sound escapes. All tracks are sung and delivered beautifully by Romy Croft and Olive Sim over dreamy keyboards, delicate guitar riff and simple chord progressions. Their duets on this record sound intimate and tense— almost as if they were recorded in a bedroom. A simply remarkable record that showcases the band’s musical refinement and rapid growth.

 

9. ChromaticsKill for Love [iTunes]

This gorgeous record is a perfect winter companion. Ruth Radelet’s monotonic and delicate vocals accompanied by the masterful italo style synth work and ghostly piano riffs by Johnny Jewel will hypnotize you into a timeless cinematic dream-scape of smoke, glam and nightlife.


8. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs  – Trouble [iTunes]

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs makes music at the central point between pop, electro, house and melodic rave – and his debut album ‘Trouble’ is just more proof that TEED‘s Orlando Higginbottom is one of the most fascinating, brilliant and musically kaleidoscopic artists in the world right now.

7. Fiona Apple The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than… [iTunes]

This is the same emotional, spiteful and poetic Fiona Apple we ALL love…but this time around without any label restrictions. In her Fourth LP and first self-produced record, Fiona sounds more confident and self-aware (As if that’s even possible) by revealing every intimacy and disillusions of her life behind a cabaret-style acoustic set and masterful piano work.


6. Bat For LashesThe Haunted Man [iTunes]

Natasha Khan‘s third record, The Haunted Man, is a more personal and intimate affair than the gipsy-like, outwardly, story driven artistry of the first two records. On The Haunted Man, Khan explores issues of longing and loss and musically I feel is one of her best records; it reminds me a lot of PJ Harvey’s Let England Shake (which was my pick for best album of 2011) This record is raw and darkly enigmatic…but it’s also a pop record at heart.

5. Ellie GouldingHalcyon [iTunes]

It’s hard to believe that Goulding’s first record, ‘Lights’ was only released two years ago. There is an immense maturity on Halcyon that I feel leaps ahead of her debut. With songs like ‘Figure 8’, ‘My Blood’ and ‘Don’t Say A Word’ Goulding showcases her songwriting growth as she dwells deeper into love, loss and heartbreak while vocally conveying emotions on every song with confidence and hope.

 

4. SantigoldMaster of My Make Believe [iTunes]

With Master of My Make Believe, Santigold solidified herself as a genre-bending auteur. With the help of Switch, Diplo, Dave Sitek, and John HillIs, Santi gave us a wide range of addictive and creatives tracks that ranged from dancehall to hip-hop to rock. Although nowadays, cross-genre adaptability is no longer a novelty, this record simply serves as a proclamation that Santi did it first…and can still do it well.

3. Jessie Ware Devotion [Amazon]

Devotion is an incredible soulful affair that channels the beautiful voice of sultry diva Lisa Stansfield and the sensual and timeless musicality of the iconic Sade. The record seamlessly blends Pop, Soul and R&B with contemporary electronic music; but it’s Jessie Ware’s soothing and dreamy vocals that shine brightly throughout each song. ‘Devotion’ is a beautiful record that stages the introduction of a shining new star.


2. Karin ParkHighwire Poetry [iTunes]

Thanks in part to The Knife collaborator, Christoffer Berg, Swedish electro-goth songstress Karin Park delivered a perfect, gloomy and brooding electronic record that almost made me knock-down Grimes from the top spot. Heavily influenced by 80’s industrial sound, synth and dub, mixed with lyrics of longing, sex and religion, Park manages to outshine comparisons by delivering a lush, gorgeous record that sounds years ahead of it’s time.

1. GrimesVisions [iTunes]

On her first two records ‘Halfaxa’ and ‘Geidi Primes’, Grimes aka Clare Boucher introduced us to a range of gloomy atmospheric tunes and trippy psychedelic songs. With, Visions, her third record (to what she calls her debut) Boucher experimented with pop and synthesized electronic melodies that gave birth to one of the most creative and refreshing albums of the year. Wether is K-pop, Hip-Hop, new age, or bubblegum music, Grimes finds the core and soul of all those genres and delivers something new and creative that’s completely out-of-the-box and musically forward.

 

 

 

Enter to WIN a SANTIGOLD Prize Pack GIVEAWAY!

CLOSED. A WINNER WAS CHOSEN.

Santigold‘s incredible sophomore album “Master of My Make-Believe” will pretty much, by years end, appear on everyone’s list of best album’s of the year. The critically acclaimed new album has received lots of praise from the best music critics and by her long-time fans.

It’s definitely one of my favorite albums of the year, and it should be one of yours too!

In celebration of the album’s awesomeness and as one of Santigold’s biggest fan– I’m giving away a Santigold Prize Pack! ONE lucky winner will be chosen at random and will receive a copy of the new Santigold  “Master of My Make-Believe” CD + The “Master of My Make-Believe” 12″ Vinyl Record

(International friends, you too can enter)

To Enter all you have to do is:

1 – Follow us on Facebook! Then write on our wall or Comment under this post: @nuwavepony I want to WIN the SANTIGOLD Prize Pack Giveaway!

2 – Follow us on Twitter! and tweet the following: @nuwavepony I want to WIN the SANTIGOLD Prize Pack Giveaway! http://bit.ly/JZyAFw

THAT’S ALL!

The lucky winner will be announced on Friday, Jun 8th

Santigold‘s new record Master of My Make Believe is out now and it’s also available via iTunes (link)

Santigold – Master of My Make-Believe [Stream]

Listen to two brand new tracks from Santigold‘s highly anticipated new album “Master of My Make-Believe!”

Unfortunately, not all tracks are available to stream yet, but you can listen to “Fame” and “Look At These Hoes” (and the singles “Big Mouth as well as “Desperate Youth”)

So far this album sounds INCREDIBLE!

Master of My Make-Believe arrives May 1.

Santigold (iTunes)

Santigold – “Disparate Youth” [The Remixes]

I’ve been obsessed with Santigold‘s slammin track “Disparate Youth” since it’s release early this year. Now, this new set of remixes have giving me a new way to enjoy the track.

London based producer Amateur Best’s (aka Joe Flory) remix is by far my favorite of them all. His take on the track has a care-free bouncy vibe that’s simply contagious and hypnotic at the same time— And I love that and it doesn’t stray too far away from the perfection of the original song.

Take a listen.

Santigold’s ‘Disparate Youth’ single EP is out now. The new album, Master of My Make-Believe arrives May 1.

Santigold (iTunes)

Spank Rock – “Car Song” Featuring Santigold

Spank Rock hooks up with the one and only Santigold to deliver the video for the funky “Car Song” It’s a great video with off the wall visuals that fit both artist intricate personalities very well. “It’s a feel-good song about growth and positive aspirations,” Spank Rock tells Rolling Stone about the track.

“Car Song” is taken from Spank Rock’s 2011 album Everything Is Boring and Everyone is a F—ing Liar.  

In other Santigold news…What do you guys think of the new single “Disparate Youth“?!! (below) I think is as incredible as “Big Mouth”. Can’t wait to hear Santi’s new album!  Master of My Make Believe arrives on May 1st!

Santigold (iTunes)

Spank Rock (iTunes)

 

Spank Rock from Art Department on Vimeo.

Santigold – Big Mouth [New Video]

 

It was only yesterday that my friends Camille (from HardCandyMusic), Anthony (from tlc-blog.com ) and I were in front of Santigold as she made her live return onstage at Brooklyn’s Music Hall Of Williamsburg. Her high-energy performance of old and new material including: Big Mouth, God From The Machine, Disparate Youth, Freak Like Me and Fame blew us away into a thousand little pieces. We knew we were in for a treat when at the beginning of Santi’s set Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs jumped onstage to perform the killer duet GO.

Santi went on to perform a total of 17 tracks and never once lost any steam. The crowd, including myself, left the venue drenched in sweat due to some fist pumping and non-stop heavy dancing throughout the night. The show was a welcome comeback for many fans that were anxious to hear new material since her 2008’s breakout album. Last night’s live performance definitely marked Santigold‘s second coming. (Visit my friend anthony’s blog at tlc-blog.com for a more detailed review and video of the show)

Two tracks from the live show stood out greatly; “Freak Like Me” a fantastic sexy little jam that I’m pretty sure everyone will love, and the just released Switch Produced track “Big Mouth”

The video directed by Cody Critcheloe of SSION is the first banger from Santigold‘s highly anticipated sophmore album Master of My Own Make-Believe. (due out on Downtown records on an as yet unspecified date this spring)

Take a look!

Santigold (iTunes)

Go HERE to download “Big Mouth” for free.