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Steel Yourself by Sontiago
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8/10 Brian 23 November 2007

Portland's SONTIAGO switch things around a bit. It's like proper crashing future-hop with sassy, soulful & brooding female vocals, thumping drums, twinkling samples & an eerie kaleidoscope of uncluttered, invigorating sound. I can hear spots of Nicolette here, early Luscious Jackson there, even Leila on one track...but the general vibe is SO damned fresh & crisp with a genuinely unnerving amount of pure talent & verve. Nicely varied too, like all the passionately assembled sounds from this great stable. This lady is a rare talent i tell thee. The Canadian underground snaking it's way into your conscience. The great thing here is that abstraction & clever-dicking is largely eschewed in favour of big TUNES for the head & feet. 'Steel Yourself' is simply marvellous gear.

4/10 aka the past

The beat is fine but the rhyme sounds a lot like, 'So and so, he's our man, if he can't do it noone can....' It's grating. My biggest problem is with the actual lyrics. They are so condescending and seemingly intended to flatter the artist's ego while judging the subject of the rhyme with the disclaimer at the end stating the intention was not to judge, is more than I can stand. The person being made reference to here actually has more talent in his pinky finger than the artist, and I know this. 'Getting out' does not always mean getting somewhere. Some folks are just happy regardless. And some are only happy when they feel better than someone else. Give me a break.



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