Santino Le Saint today drops his much-anticipated first mixtape Rage of Angels. Laid over 10 expansive tracks, Rage of Angels was produced and written by Santino and is a confident, genre-bending debut from the young artist.
Speaking on the mixtape, Santino said –
“This project is for late night lovers of all shapes and colours. Emo guitarists and RnB Clubbers. Heartbroken Rappers and Ice Road Truckers. If you’ve been lost in love or yet to discover, you’ll know where I’m coming from. Rage of Angels is my debut mixtape and was inspired by my love for classic films with dark romantic twists. I wrote and produced the majority of the project and sonically fused my musical upbringing of rock & metal bands with my love of hip-hop icons. This is a guitar centric project with hip-hop energy.
The tape feels like two star crossed lovers – one from a world of trap and hip hop and one from a world of rock and metal – had a child who was born singing songs of love, pain and passion. That’s me.”
Rage of Angels opens with the cinematic ‘Unholy’; a dramatic cut exploring Santino’s romantic renaissance. Macabre tracks ‘Love Lies’ and ‘Say Less’ see Santino struggle with a toxic lifestyle and the darker side of relationships. Smouldering Peaky Blinders inspired single ‘Bullet With My Name On It’ proceeds ‘Loaded’, a dark cut that finds Santino grappling with his mental health. Soulful interlude ‘Mercy’ is an atmospheric offering that sees Santino losing sight of himself.
Inspired by a late night drunken phone call; ‘Call You When I Get Home’ – co-produced with Sidney Swift (Beyonce, Post Malone) – combines the smooth depths of r&b with the bounce of a throwback hip hop production. Haunting cut ‘The Lights’ melds reverb-heavy guitar riffs with impressive guitar solos. Next is cult-favourite ‘Maria Don’t Call Me’, a somber track detailing the emotional fallout after a one night stand. ‘Bitter’ rounds out the project; a passionate single cut through with Santino’s emotional pain.
Santino merges sultry instrumentation with a thread of melancholy that draws influence from artists such as Lana Del Ray and Frank Ocean. As the son of legendary hip-hop producer Charlie Parker (57 Dynasty), 21-year-old Santino grew up around music, learning piano and guitar from age 8. Growing up on the sounds of rock icons such as Jimi Hendix, Nirvana and Ozzy Osbourne, Santino’s overcast and cinematic productions are often accompanied by his signature electric guitar solos.
A multifaceted artist, in 2019 Santino founded Cloud X; a multi-disciplinary arts collective comprised of artists, music industry execs, content creators and more. Santino’s recent projects with Cloud X include collaborations with ‘King of Glamour’ Julien MacDonald, rising streetwear brand Mariagulina and Paul&Shark for HYPEBEAST.
Selling out his first headline show at the iconic late night venue XOYO in December 2019; this year, Santino will bring his electric live performance to The Great Escape Festival this May and to Heaven as a special guest supporting the American rapper and ‘ICY GRL’ – Saweetie. Tickets/more info
15th May – The Great Escape Festival, Brighton
26th May – Heaven, London (Saweetie support)