A few weeks ago, Santigold took to the stage with Angelique Kidjo, Esperanza Spalding and Heems from Das Racist to talk about the influence the city where they come from has on the music they create, as part of the EMP Pop Conference. I was lucky enough to be in the audience, when Santigold, aka Philly-born, Brooklyn-based Santi White, debuted the music video for Disparate Youth, the first single off her latest album, Master of My Make-Believe. I also got to hear a few tracks when she performed at the MTVu Woodies at SXSW in March, with her two fabulous dancers.
These moments were like little breadcrumbs leading up to the 4-years-in-the-making release of her second album, Master of My Make-Believe, which came out this week. The mix of hip-hop, Caribbean rhythms, African drums, and synths with an 80s flair come together to make this an album that hops all over the geographical map of influences. From the Kehinde Whiley album cover to the opening track “Go!” (featuring vocals from Karen White and co-produced by seven different musicians, ranging from Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ guitarist Nick Zinner to Q-Tip), and right through to the closing track, Big Mouth, Santi commands your full attention.
The album was partially recorded in Jamaica. Listen to Santi talk about the behind the scenes experiences she had, using Instagram.
Master of My Make-Believe is out now.