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12/2 Before God made Santogold, there was Res

Posted by novoscene on December 2, 2008

You might recognize the sonic similarities between Madame Gold-the current princess of funky electro, and the most excellent vocals stylings of Res, the uber hot Philly girl who flew sadly under the mainstream radar in the early years of the decade.  The slightly eccentric swagger, abstract diversions and mixtures of 80’s rock with R&B all spring from the same source.

Back in the late 90’s when Santogold was still Santi White, the two singers met up on the Philadelphia music scene and collaborated on Res’ debut album, 2001’s “How I Do.”  In fact Santi wrote the entire album, which could explain the sublimely un R&B sound of singles like “Golden Boys” (above), “How I Do” and “Ice King.”  A sound that would win Santogold worldwide acclaim and sponsorship by Bud Light (WTF of the moment) 7 years later, was just a bit before it’s time in 2001.  Sometimes genius just can’t catch a break.

But after a long hiatus, Res is thankfully back on the scene with a new internet only album “Black.Girls.Rock” and a live show tonight at PST.  The music scene’s a bit more open now and if there’s any justice at all in the business, we’ll be getting a lot more of her ill soul in the future.  But since the music biz isn’t exactly known for being forward thinking, I wouldn’t miss the show tonight. -kwan

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9/16 Sweet Water Soul

Posted by novoscene on September 16, 2008

Photo by J Sight

Even though her EP hasn’t dropped yet, Femi can’t wait any longer to share her new tunes with the people. After gigging with some of the area’s most talented musicians and blessing compilations with her blend of salsa soul vocals for the last few years, the Oakland songbird is ready to sing to her own tune. Tonight she hosts the release party for “Sweet Water Soul,” her new collection of funky soul tracks, set to drop officially on Sept. 23.

A fierce live performer, she’ll be taking over the stage at Pacific Standard Time tonight, showcasing the new material-a combination of lovelorn ballads, spiritual confessions and hip hop head nodding-and some intense improv. Resident DJ’s Sake 1 and Fran Boogie will be manning the decks.-kwan

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