Tag Archives: Santigold


i first hear mesopotamia in the middle of my favourite section of diplo‘s top ranking mix for santigold. it was pretty much my favourite jam that summer, and on into fall. i mean autumn, of course, yes. fast forward two years, and those occasional purveyors of more-than half-decent house, white girl lust, have tackled the original and beefed it up for late-night action. originally intended as a super-secret djs-only promo, now they’ve released it to the world, but with a 1,000-download limit.

just recently the guys did an interview and mix for the chemical jump blog, the mix of course featuring this b52s bootleg. what they did was, in their own words, “strip the original composition to it’s essence and reconstruct the track as a stomping dub for the dancefloor. The result is too reserved to be called ‘big room’ but far too massive to be a categorized a ‘beard stroker’ edit. Let’s split the difference and call it ‘Mid-Sized House’.”

i can live with that.

august chart number 1

ok a couple of these aren’t strictly out yet, and some are maybe a bit old to be chart-worthy, but i heard some of these used to great effect at the weekend.

1 Erol Alkan & Boys Noize – Waves
2 LCD Soundsystem – 45:33 (Padded Cell Remix)
3 Primary 1 & Riton – Who’s There (In Flagranti Remix)
4 Zomby – Rumours and Revelations
5 Sebastien Tellier – Kilometer (Aeroplane ‘Italo 84’ Remix)
6 Fever Ray – Triangle Walks (Rex The Dog Remix)
7 Major Lazer – Hold The Line (ft Mr. Lex & Santigold)
8 Simian Mobile Disco – Audacity of Huge (A Chicken Lips Instrumental Malfunction!)
9 The Juan MacLean – Happy House Dear (Matthew Dear vs Audion Remix)
10 Little Boots – Stuck On Repeat (Alexander Robotnick Remix)

field day mix


so ahead of field day i was going to do a rundown of the acts i’m excited about seeing, but instead i threw a mix together with some of these acts. it’s far from exhaustive – i can’t say i’m familiar with every act on the lineup – but it features a breadth of styles and is hopefully somewhat representative of what’s on offer. there are a couple of drastic shifts in mood, which all (hopefully) make sense from a tonal point of view, but also capture the feeling of leaving one act and seeing another completely different performance on a different stage. or not 😉 either way, i hope you enjoy.

haido – Field Day 2009

Juana Molina – Micael
Santigold – L.E.S. Artistes (XXXChange Remix)
Little Boots – Stuck On Repeat (Album Version)
Sébastien Tellier – Kilometer (Aeroplane ‘Italo 84’ Remix)
Seth Troxler – Hurt (feat. Matthew Dear)
Audion – Just A Man
The Juan MacLean – Happy House (Matthew Dear vs Audion Remix)
Mystery Jets – Two Doors Down
Calvin Harris – Ready For The Weekend (Fake Blood Remix)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Zero (Erol Alkan Rework)
Fever Ray – Triangle Walks (Allez Allez Remix)
The Horrors – Scarlet Fields
Delphic – Counterpoint (Delphic’s En Route Mix)
Dance Area – AA247 (Skull Juice Remix 2)
Skream – One For The Heads Who Remember
The Big Pink – Velvet
Final Fantasy – This Is The Dream Of Win & Regine

girl if it’s alright, 110%

it was a tough call picking this mix of the weekend. there’s another one floating about the internets that i haven’t been able to download due to link issues, but when i can it will get a special mention here. so instead i have a mix that was heralded a while back, but just surfaced today. i could say something, but the man himself has already put together a spiel on his site so i’ll let mr skratch bastid take it away.


Here it is. The mix you’ve all been waiting for! In the vein of my two most recent mixes, “Get Up!” & “Satisfaction Guaranteed”, I’ve put together a 60+ minute mix of hip-hop, disco, dancehall and all things funky: a sure shot from start to finish. “110%” gives you just that; squeezing in more energy than humanly possible into the tightest collection of mixes the Bastid can bring. Fresh for summer ‘09.

Contained within are my 3 most recent remixes (Wale f/Lady Gaga, Ciara & Justin Timberlake, Major Lazer f/Santigold and Mr. Lexx) as well as plenty of new routines; 3 of which I have filmed live footage for. The first one I am releasing is posted below: my James Brown “I Got You (I Feel Good)” routine. This is one of the highlights of my mix! Pass it along and tell a friend. And make sure to check out the track list. But above all, make sure you have a listen. The devil is in the details.

For this mix, I have decided to post it up for download at 192 kbps. Since the days of cassette mixtapes, I’ve always been releasing and selling my mixes as a way of funding my record collection and giving me resources to make more mixes. I am still releasing full quality (WAV) mix CDs for all my listeners wanting the best sounding mix to bump in your car or at home. But let’s face it: any music geek with mild google skills (I’m looking at you) can find my releases online at foreign country blogs or on torrents. I’d rather you come to me for my stuff, right? So. I’m giving you the option to donate if you feel you would like to pay for my mix. Any amount you like, via paypal. You don’t have to, but it would be nice! I work really hard on these things, and it goes towards helping me purchase music and find the time to make more mixes. Here are your options:

1) Grab the new 110% CD at the store. All orders will be processed that day and shipped out ASAP. Check the rest of the store for more Bastid goodies.

2) Download the 110% mix. And feel free to donate.

Skratch Bastid – 110%

mix of the weekend 3


i must admit i found this via the fader and subsequently nah right. i was initially intrigued by this image of weezy spewing gold like santi, and then even more intrigued by what i read on terry urban‘s blog:

Hello world…
This is your friendly neighborhood deejay, Terry Urban… blogging live on ThePressPlayShow.com

As many of you know, I’ve been preparing to releasing an exciting mixtape this summer called Southerngold.

Basically, me mixing my favorite Southern rap vocals over remixed samples of my favorite Santigold influenced samples and tracks…
I may be biased, but to be honest, it turned out quite cool, as many of you who downloaded the teaser leak (f/ Chip Tha Ripper) can attest…

However, as I am about to release my mix on the internet tonight… literally, I am sitting at my desk in Brooklyn uploading the mix to YouSendIt.com… I get a cease and desist from lawyers at Santigold’s label… Downtown Records…

Now, my friends on these internets, I ask you this: Why is this happening?

I’m not selling this… I’m not making a dime… I’m encouraging everyone to BUY Santigold’s album… and I’m helping to expand her fan base to new markets… in addition, none of these songs are as they would appear on her actual album… EVERYTHING is remixed and redone… so there is no competition with her actual in-stores album (which is dope…go buy it… two copies!)

Is Downtown Records not aware of the influence deejay culture has made on Santi’s career? All the deejays who have made homemade remixes and re-edits that have gotten play in clubs across the world? It’s not like commercial radio was embracing her music when she dropped. It was the progressive deejay, the same deejays who make remixes and mashups and support avant-garde creative music!

It’s ironic that Downtown Records biggest group was signed due to a project with similar ambitions… Gnarls Barkley’s Danger Mouse with The Grey Album.

So… I ask you… what should I do?

And if you know Santi personally… can you ask her for me? Why is she shutting down the very deejays who will support her to the very end? Her first single was called “Creator” yet they shut down the very people who create?

I wonder if she is even aware of this bureaucracy behind this…

It’s crazy… and I hope soon that the world can hear the project I created in honor of Santigold…

Terry Urban

Ps. My friends… a parable for you on this evening: If Santigold truly wants Brooklyn To Go Hard, and I’m a Brooklyn resident trying to Go Hard… and she shuts it down, is Brooklyn, by default, not going hard?

now typical responses are either “this is bull” or “it’s her music and you’re using it without permission”. there doesn’t really seem to be a right answer but at the end of the day, urban, santi and downtown just got a whole load of publicity.

how to toe the line between homegirl and art fag

everyone’s favourite potty-mouthed hipster rapper is finally about to release an album. she’s had guest spots on tracks with spank rock, pase rock, santigold, fully fitted and more, and finally we’ll get to hear amanda blank all on her lonesome. i blogged about her new track might like you better just the other day, and now she’s got a pretty hilarious interview on the fader.

check out news on i love you, her tips on making the perfect pregnant suit, and why lil wayne should lock up his bunny rabbit.

happy birthday

Leighton Meester as Gossip Girl's Blair Waldorf

Leighton Meester as Gossip Girl's Blair Waldorf

blair waldorf may be the last person you’d expect to start a career in pop music, with her icy cool conservatism more suited to an office/kitchen/bedroom, but leighton meester has popped up on a version of awesome new republic‘s birthday. yes they have a ridiculous name, but hey, it’s one way of getting noticed. the song isn’t bad, but i doubt it’s going to send her stratospheric.

you’re probably wondering why i’m even covering this, but i must admit gossip girl is my (no longer) secret shame. but to its credit, it has some great music – santigold, the faint, we fell to earth – and, according to this, dan listens to oppenheimer, rufus listens to television, serena listens to cat power and chuck listens to unkle!

anyway, check out the original and blair’s versions here.