Live Review: Santigold, Philadelphia, May 5, 2019

If it’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since Santigold’s first album came out, that might be because it’s technically been 11 years since the release of the maddeningly titled Santogold LP. More likely, it’s because the record’s still a staple of the clubs and coffee shops I frequent.

It’s always cool to see Santi White connecting with the crowd, and her Fillmore show was on point, whether she was reminiscing about her Philly days, bringing up the erstwhile Spankrock (now known as Naeem) for “Shove It” and “B-O-O-T-A-Y,” inviting the masses up to dance to “Creator” or revisiting her 11-year-old self to spit 2 Live Crew’s “We Want Some Pussy.”

The set featured every song from Santogold (with “L.E.S. Artistes,” “Unstoppable” and “I’m a Lady” sounding both classic and fresh), but newer songs like “Can’t Get Enough Of Myself” and “Coo Coo Coo” felt just as perfect. If I’m still dancing and/or drinking hot beverages in 2030, when White and I would both be turning 54, I hope she’s still providing the soundtrack.

—M.J. Fine; photos by Chris Sikich