Santigold served up a sweet surprise to her fans on July 27 by dropping a vibrant new dancehall album called I Don’t Want: The Gold Fire Sessions. Per a Pitchfork interview, the critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter created the record with Dre Skull under Mixpak and finished recording it while she was nine months pregnant with twins, the week before the babies were due.
The 10-track collection of songs brings plenty of fun summer feels while the celebrated songstress also uses her artistic voice to add lyrical social commentary to the current politically-charged landscape. “The whole point was: These are the issues on my mind right now,” Santigold said about the fast pace she employed while making the record. She told herself, "Just throw it down. Don’t be too precious about the lyrics and added she named it The Gold Fire Sessions “because it’s a collection of songs from the moment.”
Santigold emphasized she’s not trying to make a political statement with the project noting, “a lot of the issues playing out in politics right now are super relevant, and I care a lot about them” but the album is “more social commentary” and not intended to be political.
Examples include the empowering opening track called “Coo Coo Coo” which calls men out for making catcalls at a woman on the street and “Crashing Your Party” which tips a hat to hard-working moms, female strength, and fighting for what’s right. The closing title track is about heeding the call of the “Gold Fire” that burns within – the passion that drives you to fight for your beliefs. Overall, while some issues might be heavy, the record feels infectiously invigorating and delivers a sunny, sparkling, beachy vibe.
I Don’t Want: The Gold Fire Sessions is a follow up to her 2016 release 99¢ and its Jamaican-reggae influences shine through its bouncy musical backdrop. She finishes a previous start to a Diplo collaboration with “Valley of the Dolls” and others collaborations with Ricky Blaze like “A Perfect Life,” “Run the Road” and “Crashing Your Party.”
You can listen to the full mix of The Gold Fire Sessions above. Buy or stream the album across multiple digital platforms. Santigold is touring with Lauryn Hill on The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 20th Anniversary Tour along with special guests Talib Kweli and Shabazz Palaces, including a stop at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO on Sept. 26 (Tickets).