Colorado songwriter mixes obscenity and emotional heft with huge pop melodies
Santogold Vs Diplo
Top Ranking Mixtape
Incorporating hyphy, crunk, classic dub and new wave, ‘Top Ranking’ expands on her debut’s cultural crossover. It’s extremely varied stuff – including a beautiful version of ‘I’m A Lady’ where Spank Rock’s Amanda Blank fires out a gender-reversed version of LL Cool J’s ‘I Need Love’ over Santi’s original tune. With its elephant-screeching hook and tribal drums, Santi’s Radioclit bunk-up with MIA, ‘Get It Up’, is as good as you’d imagine, while ‘Icarus’ transposes the melody of ‘I’m A Lady’ on to violin, sounding like a Final Fantasy house party with Kate Bush.
There’s also lashings of unscripted fun, as when BFF Mark Ronson jokily threatens to cover ‘Creator’ (“We’d get one of these hot new British chicks to sing it… Kate Winehouse or Lily Nash”). As a standalone mixtape or a perfect companion to ‘Santogold’, ‘Top Ranking’ is a must-have.
10 Tracks You Need To Hear This Week (02/10/2015)
Killer Mike and El-P turn their feline-centric joke project into something with genuine artistic clout
Ridley Scott and Matt Damon team up for a space-based drama that’ll make you chuckle
Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and Jesse Hughes return with more dirty rock 'n' roll