Muscle Car - Maxi Single

by Endemik Music

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Portland, Maine based hip-hop artist, Sontiago drops her first release in nearly five years. Sontiago’s 2007 sophomore album earned her a number six spot on the CMJ hip-hop charts, landed her on the pages of URB’s Next 100 and was named “your Ipod’s best friend,” in Bust Magazine.

After a US/Canadian tour with her last album, “Steel Yourself,” Sontiago returned home and ed her creative passions on working with youth in her community. Busying herself as a teaching artist with a local non-profit writing center, Sontiago has spent a significant amount of time leading songwriting and video workshops for area high school students. The results can be seen in a series of recently completed video shorts titled, “The Whole World Waiting.”

Returning to her own music, Sontiago was inspired by some influential collaborators. Lucky Me Records producer Ango first saw Sontiago perform in his hometown of Halifax. Years later, after relocating to Montreal, Ango connected with Endemik Music’s, Scott Da Ros, who encouraged the two to work together on a project. Ango had just returned from the Red Bull Music Academy in Barcelona and was armed with energy and a thundering palette of beats.

Back in Portland, Maine, Sontiago was bartending at a local venue when a girl in a bluegrass band caught her eye. She was wearing a pair of sneakers that suggested she was more than a bassist in an all-girl folk ensemble. Indeed, she was. The two exchanged music the next day and Sontiago found out that Therese Workman was one half of Oh My Goodness, a brilliant duo that made songs infused with humour, pop, R&B, and a healthy dose of Cosby Show. From there it was on. The two pushed each other, wrote together, recorded together and sat together in the trenches as Anticon’s, Alias recorded and mixed their vocals.

"Muscle Car Maxi Single" is the kind of music that might cause groups of strangers to burst into spontaneous and elaborate dance numbers as it flows from the stereos of cars cruising the Saturday night strip. Sontiago is back. Life is good. It’s time to have a bit of fun. Without sacrificing her ability to make a point, Sontiago steers Muscle Car with a carefree abandon that is both infectious and exhilarating. On the b-side, Okay Okay’s anthemic beat and fierce determination is the perfect counterpoint to the title track – the moment when everyone suddenly realizes they’ve been caught up in unconscious choreography but shrugs off their inhibitions and keeps dancing anyway.

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released 14 August 2012
Written by Sontiago and Therese Workman
Produced by ANGO
Remix by Alias
Mixed and mastered by Alias

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Track Name: Sontiago - Muscle Car
Verse
I took it you weren’t sober when I saw you take a sip / And I placed you for a cheater by the shake in your hip / And I know that you’re not truthful cuz’ your secret’s safe with me / But how many, many, many keep it under lock and key / I knew that song wasn’t playing and that you hit rewind / So that when you pulled up it would be perfectly timed / Don’t front / Don’t front / You know I’ve got you ajar / And I caught you at the corner when you pulled up in your muscle car

Chorus
Ooh they wanna ride
So keep that motor hot
New rims on the side
Your fuzzy fuzzy dice fly when
You lean into the turn
To burn the rubber
You're a fast-lane lover
Get 'em slidin' on the vinyl inside to say
"Ooh that's fast, put the top down"
Make sure they buckle up
This ain't no family van
They feel that V-6, babe,
And think you paid it in cash
-- now you got another hula dancer
You can stick on the dash...

Verse
I know who you are / You keep an address / You never go far / Where I go is a guess / Your route hasn’t changed / Every street you’ve been down / Announce yourself with a beep / Hoping we turn around / I was a passenger once / No I’m not gonna lie/In the moment I had the tine of my life / But I knew there’d be more/that others would ride / That I would go from shotgun / To kicked to curbside / But I like walking now / That’s something you wouldn’t know / Cuz you’re too busy driving your car for show / But accidents happen / So keep your eyes on the strip / You’re going down like hydraulics when they dip, dip, dip
Track Name: Muscle Car (Alias Remix)
Verse
I took it you weren’t sober when I saw you take a sip / And I placed you for a cheater by the shake in your hip / And I know that you’re not truthful cuz’ your secret’s safe with me / But how many, many, many keep it under lock and key / I knew that song wasn’t playing and that you hit rewind / So that when you pulled up it would be perfectly timed / Don’t front / Don’t front / You know I’ve got you ajar / And I caught you at the corner when you pulled up in your muscle car

Chorus
Ooh they wanna ride
So keep that motor hot
New rims on the side
Your fuzzy fuzzy dice fly when
You lean into the turn
To burn the rubber
You're a fast-lane lover
Get 'em slidin' on the vinyl inside to say
"Ooh that's fast, put the top down"
Make sure they buckle up
This ain't no family van
They feel that V-6, babe,
And think you paid it in cash
-- now you got another hula dancer
You can stick on the dash...

Verse
I know who you are / You keep an address / You never go far / Where I go is a guess / Your route hasn’t changed / Every street you’ve been down / Announce yourself with a beep / Hoping we turn around / I was a passenger once / No I’m not gonna lie/In the moment I had the tine of my life / But I knew there’d be more/that others would ride / That I would go from shotgun / To kicked to curbside / But I like walking now / That’s something you wouldn’t know / Cuz you’re too busy driving your car for show / But accidents happen / So keep your eyes on the strip / You’re going down like hydraulics when they dip, dip, dip
Track Name: Okay Okay
Verse
If I never make six figures then I’m okay with that / If I’m rich with love then I’m okay with that / If I’m secure with my man then I’m okay with that / Never jealous again then I’m okay with that / If I’m always almost-famous then I’m okay with that / Can live my life without the need to look back / Continue to enjoy and master my craft / Can say that I got it like this and like that / If I’m always safe with roof over head / Never in need of food / Never in need of bed / If I can make ends meet without financial stress / If my country’s not torn and under duress

Chorus
O-O-O-O/K-K-K-K/ O-O-O-O/K-K-K-K
II know I’ll be okay
Uh huh
I know I’ll be okay
Uh huh

Verse
If I’m not run by a phone / then I’m okay with that / If I never break another bone I’m okay with that / If I’ve always got my rights then I’m okay with that / Never physically fight then I’m okay with that / But for my besties and my nephews I’ll always go to bat / The greatest feeling in the word is when I cry when I laugh / Wish we could live each day as if it were our last / Sometimes I wonder how all the time has passed / If I never has a boss but me I’m okay with that / If I risk the loss with bravery I’m okay with that / If the innocent don’t suffer then I’m okay with that / If we look out for each other then I’m okay with that