Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Diplo & Santogold - Top Ranking

Forget the original Santogold album. This is a million times better. Diplo continues the tradition of turning everything he touches to fucking gold. On this jamaican music inspired 75 minute, massive mixtape he blazes through everything you can imagine. Dub, r&b, new wave, rocksteady, reggae, dancehall, grime, indie, hip hop, reggaeton, electronic, miami bass, soul, even punk with a barrage of samples ranging from Dead Kennedys, Kraftwerk, Dead Boys to Street Fighter sounds and mashups ala Hollertronix.

Highlights include the track where Cutty Ranks rhymes like a madman with the bass riff from Black Flag's "Six Pack" over a reggaeton beat. There's also the Mumdance remix of Creator where Jammer and friends turn Switch's beat(one of the best of 08') into a grime-fest complete with a Soulja Boy sample in between. The track with Warrior Queen destroying The Clash's Ghetto Defendant over grimy beats and the Santogold/Panda Bear mashup are also highlights.

Diplo throws in songs from Aretha Franklin, Devo, and classic tracks from Desmond Dekker, Barrington Levy, and Tony Matterhorn into the mix as well. If all that weren't enough there are also covers of The Clash's Guns of Brixton (renamed Guns of Brooklyn) and Bad Brains'  Right Brigade.