Fresh material almost complete

Santogold has revealed that she is almost ready to release her second album.

An experienced songwriter, Santi White has worked within the music industry for some time. Re-tooling herself as Santigold, the Brooklyn singer released her celebrated debut album back in 2008.

A sparkling mixture of new wave pop and underground electronic music, Santigold was an irresistible prospect. Since then, though, little has been heard from the singer who appears to be in conflict with her label.

Changing her name to Santogold, the singer appeared on the recent Beastie Boys album 'Hot Sauce Committee Pt.2'. Working on her own material, the long awaited second LP could drop later this year.

Speaking to Billboard, the Brooklyn singer explained that she needs to finish up "last-minute details" before releasing the album this Autumn.

Continuing, Santogold enthused about some of the guests on the album - including Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O, TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek and dancehall producer Ricky Blaze. "I wanted it to feel dynamic and powerful. I still have the songs that sound very electronic and clubby, but I have a couple ballads on this one - my own type of ballads, where they just sound big, like the way some old Kate Bush or Peter Gabriel songs were..."

"On this one song, we did a whole section that has a bottle used as the percussion, so there's layers upon layers of Greg Kurstin playing a bottle and literally filling it with different layers of water, and stacking each note. Mixed with a marimba and taiko drums!"

Elsewhere, Santogold elucidates on the problems she has had with her record label. "By December of 2010, I thought I was finished. I was like, 'I'm done!' I never really had the experience of labels and stuff, because last time I made the record and then got a deal... I didn't have to deal with people talking about singles and stuff before I was even done the creative process. That was new, and annoying."

"So for the last six months I've been trying to tie up loose ends and do a couple more songs... I wrote in the direction that (the label) were telling me, but secretly I kept writing in my own direction. At the end of the day, nobody will hear anything but things that I feel 100 percent are great."

Santogold is set to release her second album later this year.

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