"Santi White has returned with her first official album in four years, and her first album after a lawsuit threat changed the vowel in her name, but it turns out the wait has been well worth it."
Master Of My Make-Believe's production sounds impressive, unsurprisingly considering Diplo, Switch, Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Q-Tip and Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio) are amongst those at the controls. Song-wise, the album starts off strong with GO!, featuring Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. White sounds a lot more confident on this album – the first line of GO! tells listeners how “people want [her] power.” She continues the pace with current single Disparate Youth, which juxtaposes a hugely catchy beat with pretty serious lyrics. This is followed up by the beat-heavy Fame, perhaps the album's best. While the rest of the album flows on from there a little too easily at times, there are still a few beauties left such as the reggae/dub-inspired Pirate In The Water and closer Never Enough. The only huge misstep is second-last track Look At These Hoes, White coming across like a watered-down Nicki Minaj: it sounds ridiculous and juvenile compared to the rest of the album, though you just know there's those out there that are bound to lap it up.
Master Of My Make-Believe sounds like it has been timed to be released for the northern hemisphere summer – a lot of these tracks would fit perfectly chilling on the beach with a beer. While the album has nothing as catchy as L.E.S Artistes, from her 2008 debut Santogold, it's definitely a release worth checking out.
This week's new sets include tunes from Wavves (our Album Of The Week), Mercury Rev and Trivium, plus releases from locals Cold Chisel and Philadelphia Grand Jury.