Lily Wood and the Prick – L.E.S. Artistes (Santigold Cover)


What I’m searching for? 

To tell it straight I’m trying to build a wall
Walking by myself down avenues that reek of time to kill

If you see me keep going be a pass-by waver
Build me up bring me down just leave me out you name-dropper
Stop trying to catch my eye I see you good you forced faker
Just make it easy you’re my enemy you fast-talker.

I can say I’ll hope it will be worth what I give up
If I could stand up mean for the things that I believe
I can say I’ll hope it will be worth what I give up
If I could stand up mean for the things that I believe…

What am I here for? 

I left my home to disappear is all
I’m here for myself, not to know you, I don’t need no one else

Fit in so good the hope is that you cannot see me later
You don’t know me I am an introvert, an excavator
I’m duckin’ out for now a face in dodgy elevators
Creep up and suddenly I found myself an innovator…”

Lily Wood and the Prick – L.E.S. Artistes

Beastie Boys – Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win (Feat. Santigold)

“…that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff.”

-Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada, 2006.

Oh yes. Next week marks the beginning of New York Fashion Week. For many, this is a week of discovering the new and the outrageous, the unimaginable and the unobtainable. The taste makers of the industry will all flock to Lincoln Center once more to admire the work of fashion gods.

I understand that not all people are moved or inspired by this (arguable) holiday of  delight, but in the words of Miranda Priestly, it will undoubtably affect you. Perhaps the fashion will not get to you first, but the music will. Each year, shows play new tracks from artists and some old tracks which they have dusted off and given new life to. Much like that of the recycled trends in fashion. Each show has a soundtrack which is made to strut to, to make a statement to. Many of which even publish their mixes after the show making the experience available to the masses.

Whether you are in to the clothes or the scene or none of it, you will likely hear some of the songs played next week off the runway. I, personally, can’t wait.

Here is a song which was played during NYFW Fall 2013 DKNY show. A tasty mix of the Beastie Boys and Santigold creating a track which is a perfect harmony of hip-hop and reggae inspirations. The playful vocal details brought in with Santigold’s sweet vocal styling draped over the horns and classic Beastie Boys anthem make this a timeless piece to add to your playlist. This is a song which rounded out last year’s season and lays way for the fresh tunes to be released next week, which will undoubtably have the trend spotters of the world tapping their toes and strutting around town months after the tents close.

Beastie Boys – Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win (Feat. Santigold)

Major Lazer – You’re No Good feat. Santigold, Vybz Kartel, Danielle Haim & Yasmin

On a very basic level, let me just say that this song speaks to me. On a musical and dancing level, it’s perfect and happy. But I’m saying, this was the first song I listened to on my run yesterday. For anyone that is in New York, you’ll understand why this was such a big deal. The sun was out and the sky was perfectly blue all day long. The evening was just as beautiful, as you look up to find a rare amount of stars in the sky. One of those days. So maybe you can understand why I’m so stoked that this was the first song I decided to listen to as I got myself geared up for a good run. As I was about to indulge in an exercise that makes me really happy already, this song was a huge A-HA! moment for me.

There’s something really appealing about a song that talks about any sort of act that we shouldn’t do. Something that we know is bad for us, but we indulge anyway. I guess I’m talking about indulgences in general. You’re no good for me, speaks to my life on so many levels right now. And for some reason, hearing that and feeling like I’m at a dance show on a Saturday night with a dude that I know is just bad but in the best way possible, feels…kinda sexy. Like you know you shouldn’t but you’re totally going to dance all up in it tonight, and no one is going to stop you. There’s also the classic part of the chorus that incorporates the ah’s, ooh’s and uh’s, which never fail to please an audience. I mean, they’re overused a lot in a music these days, but not in this song at least.

Damnit, this song is really one of those that you dance to alone and suddenly realize that you’re a fricken incredible dancer. Or at least I did. And then I got really frustrated because I couldn’t understand where these moves go when I’m trying to dance with other people. Not that I’m not a good dancer in public, I think I am. Major Lazer has always had a way of tapping into my instinctual dance. And instincts bring out the sexy, so your hips are doing things you don’t really understand but feel pretty cool about.

I’m going to stop talking about dancing because I can go on forever. I’m just going to let you guys love this like I do, and guess what? It’s Thursday and this just happens to be my week’s jam, so all is good in the world.

Have fun!

Major Lazer – You’re No Good feat. Santigold, Vybz Kartel, Danielle Haim & Yasmin



Santigold – Look At These Hoes

Look at these pros.
Look at these clothes.
Look at this dough.
Look at this gold, looking evil.
Look at me then look at these hoes.
These bitches ain’t fucking with me. Killa!

Killa! Killa, killa!
Killa! Killa, killa!

My money on it we now gon’ knock on it to set it low.
Bar don’t need to come down let it ride they’ll go. They’re far below.
Mind will lead they can tell I know. I know me they can tell me no.
If you got heart let it beat then while they’re sinking don’t let your thing go.

Tear it up. I’m so damn gold.
Tear it up. I’m so damn gold.
Tear it up. I’m so damn gold.
Tear it up. I’m so damn gold.”

I love a B*&ch who knows how to spit her S*&t!  In other words, I love a Lady who can speak her mind and tell it how it is, that’s how I am, a “love me or hate me attitude.”  Santi has a unique package going on with all the quality and quantity that girls look up too and guys don’t know how to handle but they want to handle…with care!

Look At These Hoes is badass for good reason, produced by none other then Diplo and Boys Noize to create the quality sound that gives this track all the quality you need.  The drums are fire on some good headphones or speakers, so try and blast this if you can, along with all the sound effects that give it this tribal/animalistic flavor like you could be inside some trippy jungle club or something crazy like that.  I love everything about the production, lyrics and total package of this track, not only that but the album that this track is on, Master Of My Make Believe is pretty fly, with some other great producers such as Q-Tip, Ricky Blaze, Switch, you just can’t go wrong here.

Well the weekend has approached, so get your attitudes cranked up, I think this track will help, enjoy!

Santigold – Look At These Hoes

Mike Tompkins – Skrillex Cinema & Santigold Disparate Youth (Dubstep A Capella Remix)


Mike Tompkins – Skrillex Cinema & Santigold Disparate Youth (Dubstep A Capella Remix)

Santigold – The Keepers (The Knocks Remix)

Playing at Juanillo Beach in Dominican Republic

My boys Mr. J-Patt and B-Roc of The Knocks take this one out of the park. Fresh out of the oven they bring us their rendition of my favourite track out of Santigold’s album Master of My Make-Believe.

The song is not quick to the trigger and leaves a couple of surprises further into it. It’s an electro-infused spatial disco remix (with a hint of dubstep?). The synth work on the bridge makes you want to release yourself, and then, just then, it builds up to a drop that is sure going to make the crowd go wild.

For DJs it’s a perfect track to take the set to the next level. For the savvy consumer that includes this in their weekend playlist, it’s a gem — it’ll make the guests jump and talk about it all night.

Without further ado, I give you The Knocks treatment on The Keepers.

[Image Caption]: Although you can’t appreciate it, Broc and Jpatt performed in the picture above shoe-less. I witnessed this. They were so happy that day that they slammed one of the drums so hard that they broke it. It took place (I was gonna say last summer, but in my home island of Dominican Republic it’s Summertime all the time) last Christmas on the virgin beach of Juanillo Bay.

Santigold – The Keepers (The Knocks Remix)