Santigold surprised fans Thursday by announcing that she would release a 10-track dancehall-inspired mixtape called I Don’t Want: The Gold Fire Sessions the very next day.
Growing up, the musician listened to the Jamaican music tradition, which influenced her recordings with Mixpak’s Dre Skull. The pair teamed up to rework several unfinished tracks from previous projects, including pieces initially developed with Diplo and Ricky Blaze.
Santigold opened up to Pitchfork about the release, revealing how she recorded through her pregnancy with twins. Of the quick turnaround of The Gold Fire Sessions, she said, “The whole point was: These are the issues on my mind right now. Just throw it down. Don’t be too precious about the lyrics. That’s why I called it The Gold Fire Sessions, because it’s a collection of songs from the moment.”
While “a lot of the issues playing out in politics right now are super relevant, and I care a lot about them,” Santi says the “summer reggae record” is more focused on social commentary than political statements.
Check out the new mixtape below.