Words: Saam Das
I was sat in the gym the other day, generally bemoaning the annoying behaviour of my fellow gym-goers. Then 'Les Artistes' by Santigold came on and I remembered the glory days of 2008. Back then, Santi White was known as Santogold before potential legal problems led to a name change. She's been relatively dormant since then but is now back with the 'Disparate Youth' EP.
Santi's credits since her relatively dormancy as a solo artist in 2009 including appearing on the most recent Beastie Boys album and co-writing on Christina Aguilera's 'Bionic' album. Guess you gots to pay the bills. She also collaborated with Karen O on a track called 'Go', which you can listen to at the bottom of the page.
As for her more recent material, the cacophonous 'Big Mouth' came out earlier in the year, although I'm not really feeling it in all honesty. However, I am very much down with 'Disparate Youth', which is part of an EP out on March 8th. Pulsating bass, sexy synth-pop, incisive riffs and the usual cool for cats Santigold vocals.
Hopefully the track will also be appearing on 'Master Of My Make-Believe', the follow-up to her then self-titled debut, 'Santogold'. The album is scheduled to drop on April 30th and comes complete with ostentatious artwork, featuring a role-playing Santigold, apparently referencing the 18th-century British artist Joshua Reynolds’s painting of Banastre Tarleton entitled 'Portrait Of An Officer'. Or so I'm told.
For more info, head to santigold.com, where you can also pick up a download of 'Big Mouth' by signing up to the mailing list.