Santogold’s singsong choruses are full of defiant self-assertion, and every so often her songs draw on a reggae beat. But much of her music is closer to the dance-oriented new wave electro of the early 1980s. Her bright, tinny voice has the quaver of Siouxsie (from the Banshees), the B-52’s or Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs; many of her tracks knock together sparse drumbeats and untamed synthesizer riffs behind declarations like “It’s all right — everything they say doesn’t make no sense.”
With its singsong refrains and bristling beats and riffs, Santogold’s pop is ready to elbow its way into the spotlight.
Check out this sweet video for “L.E.S. Artistes”, replete with leaking hipsters: