Say Aha

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"Say Aha"
Single by Santigold
from the album Santogold
Released November 24, 2008
Genre New wave, reggae fusion
Length 3:35
Label Downtown Records (US)
Atlantic Records (UK)
Writer(s) Santi White, John Hill
Producer(s) Santi White, John Hill
Santigold singles chronology
"Lights Out"
"Say Aha"
"Brooklyn Go Hard"

"Say Aha" is the fourth single by American artist Santigold, taken from her previously self-titled debut Santogold.

Release and reception[edit]

"Say Aha" was released on November 24 in the UK.[1] The song appeared in television advertisements for Samsung.[2] In the United States, a remix of "Say Aha" (as well as a remix of "L.E.S. Artistes") was featured in commercials for the Ford Flex.[3]

NME said that the song "loses out considerably in the amazingness stakes simply by virtue of not being 'L.E.S. Artistes'. But [...] this is jaunty, dancehall-flecked and it's perfectly fine," giving the song an eight out of ten.[4] A review from Music Week said the single "sounds sparkling" and "boasts a great chorus".[5] Pitchfork Media described "Say Aha" as "perfect new wave bubblegum-- 2 Tone keyboards, phaser effects, a stomp-ready chorus, and a surf guitar solo to finish." The review said that the song "evoke[s] that moment when rock's aggression met reggae's drive and depth".[6] The Times, strangely enough, labelled the track "annoying/endearing" but "worthy of the hype."[7]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Say Aha" was filmed on Red Hook, Brooklyn's Van Brunt Street on June 18, 2008.[8] Santogold was photographed on the video set with her extras, riding on bicycles with lifesized loudspeakers.[9]

Track listing[edit]

UK CD single[1]
  1. Say Aha – 3:35
UK digital EP[10]
  1. Say Aha (Tom Neville's 24 Carat Vocal Remix) – 8:17 (7digital only)[11]
  2. Say Aha (Nevilles Gold Dust Dub) – 6:51
  3. Say Aha (Phones Cosmic Dub) – 6:12
  4. Say Aha (Tepr Edit) – 4:31

Official versions and remixes[edit]

  • Album Version – 3:35
  • Nevilles Gold Dust Dub – 6:51
  • Phones Cosmic Dub – 6:12
  • Tepr Edit – 4:31
  • Tom Neville's 24 Carat Vocal Remix – 8:17

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
Belgian Tip Chart (Flanders)[12] 15
UK Singles Chart[13] 157


  1. ^ a b "Say Aha". HMV Group. HMV. Retrieved 2008-11-21. 
  2. ^ Rosie Swash (2008-11-18). "Songs about LCD and cloud cover". Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 2008-11-21. 
  3. ^ "Ford Flex - Say Aha". AOL Video. AOL. Retrieved 2008-11-21. 
  4. ^ DM (2008-11-07). "Say Aha". NME. IPC Media. Retrieved 2008-11-21. 
  5. ^ Ben Cardew (2008-10-29). "Say Aha (Atlantic)". Music Week. CMP Information. Retrieved 2008-11-21. 
  6. ^ Tom Ewing (2008-05-07). "Santogold". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  7. ^ Steve Jelbert (2008-05-09). "Santogold". The Times. News International. Retrieved 2008-11-21. 
  8. ^ Amy Langfield (2008-06-17). "Red Hook notes: 360 'back in 5' & 'Santogold' filming". Amy's New York Notebook. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  9. ^ John Del Signore (2008-06-19). "Ikea who? Santogold shoots video in Red Hook". Gothamist. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  10. ^ "Say Aha - EP". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. 2008-11-24. Retrieved 2008-11-26. 
  11. ^ "Say Aha". 7digital. 2008-11-24. Retrieved 2008-11-26. [dead link][dead link]
  12. ^ Santogold - Say Aha Ultratop. Retrieved 2010-04-20.
  13. ^ "Chart Log UK : DJ S – The System Of Life". Zobbel. Retrieved 2010-04-20.