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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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11/25 Soul for the Souls

Posted by novoscene on November 24, 2008

First Fela Kuti gave us Afro-Beat, then San-Francisco’s Sila gave us Afro-Funk, and when London’s Siji takes over PST tomorrow night we’ll have Afro-Soul, the latest combo of African and American dance floor tunes.

The second of twelve children born to Nigerian immigrant parents in London, SIJI burst onto the scene with his BBE Records debut “God Given” in 2005. With production and remixes from underground legend Osunlade, the LP establised SIji as a favorite new voice on the soul scene. Siji’s sound is a direct throwback to Marvin Gaye’s smooth crooning with frequent stops on the D’Angelo and Maxwell highway. With the release of his new LP, “Adesiji” (Ivy Records) he brings his vision full circle, merging West African rhythms and chants with modern soul production from King Britt and others. Tonight kicks of the Pacific Standard Time Autumn Soul Series.

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