stream Santigold’s semi-surprise album ‘I Don’t Want: The Gold Fire Sessions’
Santigold has followed 2016's 99 Cents with the semi-surprise "mixtape-style album," I Don’t Want: The Gold Fire Sessions, which was just announced yesterday and out today on Downtown Records. She made the album with Mixpak Records producer Dre Skull in just two weeks, and it's the most full-on dancehall album that Santigold has ever made. She talked to Pitchfork about it:
What’s great about the album is that both of your [and Dre Skull's] styles mesh so well—I can hear some of him and some of you.
It was really fun. I found him so easy to work with. He has such good ideas and instincts. That’s what I wanted it to be: “I like you, you’re fun, you like the same music, so let’s do something really quick.” I think I’m going to keep doing that for a while, rather than focusing on big, whole projects. I don’t think people necessarily digest music in the same way. So I’m going to do fun stuff for a minute, a different way. I have another EP I’m about to do with someone else that’s going to be really fun and fast.
You also used some older material that you had made with Diplo, right?
When we were putting stuff together, I found songs I had on my computer that just fit the project perfectly. Some songs I had done with Ricky Blaze [the dancehall producer who worked on “Disparate Youth”] that I loved and never finished: “Run the Road,” “Crashing Your Party,” “A Perfect Life.” I wrote a musical movie a couple years ago, so I was trying to save those songs for that. But I never finished that… yet. So Dre brought those songs up to speed with the rest of the record. The Diplo song [“Valley of the Dolls”] is one he gave me a while ago. I had written just the chorus and never finished it. Dre worked on that too and made it all work.
You can stream the whole thing below. Santigold is opening part of Lauryn Hill's tour, and also playing a few festivals. All dates are listed below.
Santigold -- 2018 Tour Dates
9/12: Portland, OR @ Veterans Memorial Coliseum +
9/14: Vancouver, BC @ Deer Lake Park +
9/15: Seattle, WA @ ShoWare Center +
9/21: Las Vegas, NV @ Life is Beautiful
9/22: Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre +
9/26: Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre +
9/29: Long Beach, CA @ Music Tastes Good
10/13: Oakland, CA @ Treasure Island
+ = with Lauryn Hill