Album: Santogold, Santogold (Lizard King)

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Santogold is the nom-de-microphone of Philadelphia-born Santi White, who graduated from a posh Quaker-run school and an even posher Methodist university to get a job as an A&R person at Epic, and is best known to British audiences for her turn on Mark Ronson's 'Version'.

Being so well connected has paid dividends on her debut album, which was made with the help of super-hot producer Diplo, among others. There's an alluringly desolate feel to much of 'Santogold', its shadowy, dry production augmenting the singer's voice which flickers between a petulant Winehouse drawl and a Siouxsie yelp.

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