Santogold = Better Than M.I.A., Tour Dates
by Winston "Stone" Ford
Santogold - I’m A Lady
Sorry, I had to put that out there.
I haven’t gotten my hands on the full Santogold album yet, but the songs that I have been playing continuously on my Ipod are 5 time’s better than the songs on M.I.A. last album Kala.
I’m not saying that M.I.A. isn’t good. “Paper Planes” was one of the best songs of 2007. But her hole shtick is so heavily reliant on Diplo’s production. Contrast that with Santogold, who has already written and produced one of the best R&B albums of the 90s. Santgold’s album looks to have more scope and depth than Kala, mainly because she is a more experienced artist, and as a frontwoman for the band Stiffed, among other things. On a talent level, you can’t even compare….Santi White is just so much better.
Having that said, you can’t directly compare the two albums. M.I.A. is more bangra/hip-hop, while Santogold traces her roots more to punk rock, but I just had to say something address the “Santogold is biting off of M.I.A. ” comments that are now arising on message board and blog comments.
Santogold is lacking the buzz that M.I.A. got, which is cause for concern (could race be a factor?). If you’re digging this though, make sure to cop her album on April 29th. (And yes, I’m still trying to get that interview her people promised as well as a mixtape drop!)
Santogold Tour Dates
Apr 25 Coachella Music Festival, Palm Desert, California
Apr 28 Late Night With Conan O’Brien, New York
Apr 29 Virgin Megastore Instore , New York
May 16 Wireless Weekender @ Roadhouse, Manchester
May 17 Great Escape @ Digital, Brighton
May 18 Great Escape @ Concorde 2, Brighton
May 20 Noveau Casino, Paris
May 21 Trix, Antwerp
May 22 Tape Club, Berlin
May 24 Dot to Dot @ Thekla, Bristol
May 25 Dot to Dot @ Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
May 26 Bar Academy, Birmingham
May 28 Sound City Festival, Liverpool
May 30 Sub Club, Glasgow
May 31 Castilla y León International Arts Festival, Salamanca
Jun 1 Crawdaddy, Dublin
Jun 2 Scala, London