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Eardrum Candy: There’s More Than Hip-Hop For New Black Artistes

October 10, 2009

For years I yearned for a unique sound in my music.  Somewhere off the beaten path, there’s a pretty flower that has a new scent.  Actually, there are two.

A song can bite.  And, you want it to.  You want it to feel genuine while spilling into your ears, running down the back of your  throat and filling your belly from the feet up.  You’ll feel heavy with satisfaction.  You will feel full.

To make a long story short, I love showing off the unique, and here are my favorites for most delicious new music sounds.  A fresh taste plucked from the garden of stale pop music.

Anita Blay aka The Cock N Bull Kid (Photograph: Christian Sinibaldi)

Anita Blay aka The CockNBullKid (Photograph: Christian Sinibaldi)

In a stereotypical world, you could look at here and just assume she’s a pop singer.  No, wait…Gospel!  What about a female rapper?


Why don’t we try again.  What about her inspirations like Morrissey and David Bowie?


‘I’m not some ghetto princess!’, she spouts out!

Far from it, darling.  Very far from it!

Anita Blay – a 23-year-old Londoner who creates eccentric, delightfully gloomy pop songs on her laptop and then records them under the name thecocknbullkid – wants to be many things: a musician as enigmatic as David Bowie or Kate Bush, a shape-shifting electronic artist, a 2009 chart star. But she doesn’t want to be seen as a performer of grime or R&B. Not because she doesn’t like the music, but because she hates being prejudged, something that is already happening even though she has only released one single, the vampy, synthy On My Own.

Blay, a Hackney girl brought up by her father after her mother moved to Canada, then Ghana, discovered pop music between leaving her convent school in Euston and studying for English, sociology and theology A Levels at a college in west London.

The first songs to make an impact on the 16-year-old Blay were Psycho Killer by Talking Heads and Girlfriend in a Coma by the Smiths. She was fascinated by Morrissey. Her friends thought she was weird. “They didn’t understand why I was being so ‘white’,” she laughs. “But everyone knew I wasn’t a standard black girl.” Via

I was a girl of the “New Romantic(ism)” era of music, myself.   The electronic, synth sounds of the late 70’s and early 80’s are distinct and grabbed, held and hold my attention still.  I can empathize with being labeled ‘white’ because you like music that ‘white’ people sing.

Well, she looks like me and her music sounds the way we like it, so check out two of my favorites from TheCockNBullKid!


Awesome is Santigold (formerly Santogold).

You’ve heard her all over the place and you never even knew it.  I pictured her with spiked blonde hair, heavy black eyeliner, bloody crimson lipstick and tattoos all over her neck.  Hah, I got the girl next door with the voice that rocks…literally!

She’s been sharing her talents with the likes of …well, check it out…

Santi has toured with M.I.A., Björk, and Architecture in Helsinki.[18] In June 2008, Coldplay announced that Santogold would be their opening act for most of the stops on the North American leg of their Viva la Vida Tour.[25] Santogold embarked on her first headlining tour in September and October 2008.[26] The Goldrush Tour featured dates across North America.[27] After the tour’s completion, Santogold supported Jay-Z and Kanye West on a number of their shows.[28][29] Additionally, Santogold supported The Streets at BBC’s Electric Proms,[30] and she performed at certain dates of Beastie Boys‘ Get Out and Vote ’08 tour.[31]

White also appeared on Mark Ronson‘s 2007 album Version, performing on a cover of The Jam‘s “Pretty Green”, in her first performance credited as Santogold. Santi co-wrote Lily Allen‘s “Littlest Things” with Ronson.[24] She also co-wrote songs for Ashlee Simpson with Kenna, including the lead single “Outta My Head (Ay Ya Ya)“.[34]

I first heard her song while shopping at the Gap.  Her song, You’ll Find A Way, has weaved its avantgarde way into the main stream, being used in commercials and TV show promos.

Her song, Light’s Out, is a day at the beach.  Warm and sun bright.  Maybe that’s why you might need the ‘Light’s Out’.

Santi White , better known by her stage name Santigold (formerly Santogold) pronounced Santy-gold,[7] is an American songwriter, producer, and singer. (Via Wikipedia)

Santigold’s head boppin, knee banging music is a blend of thump, strum and ting that you don’t hear from female black artists.

Thank goodness she is one of the heroines of modern music carving out a new niche for all of us who feel a bit run over by the barrage to ill-inclined, linear minded ‘pop’ music of late.

Change your tune and support these nouveau artistes.  You can download their music online (legitimately).  Great for a workout!  Can you keep up?


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