The frostiness of Santigold


Santigold, “Disparate Youth”

Master of My Make Believe, 2012

Scattered beats and dub inserts are the main feature in what is otherwise an oddly distant track from Santigold. Actually, ‘blank’ is probably a more appropriate word.

The clicky hip hop beats do all they can, but Santigold’s monotone vocals never get into second gear, so it misses the emotion punch that should have been pulled. Sure, it’s so cool and detached you may as well listen to it in a fridge, but the distance is puzzling and off-putting.

The sound behind is great, the verses crunching along, the harmonies good, the bridge going for a spacey dub look with synths galore, but it’s too little too late when you’ve already stopped listening.

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