One can never have enough Sophie Ellis-Bextor.
After releasing her sensational Make A Scene in 2011 (which sputtered out quickly after debuting at #33–bittersweet indeed), the icy disco diva’s already found back in the studio working on new music.
Following her performance at a one-off acoustic gig in London last month, Mizz Ellis-Bextor had a brief Q&A with her official website, where she spilled the beans about what’s coming next for her in 2013.
Nope, this ain’t Princess RiRi‘s new single: “Fuck With You” is the newly surfaced collaboration between French House DJ Bob Sinclar and UK disco chanteuse Sophie Ellis-Bextor.
While I’d never expected to hear the straitlaced dance floor diva getting as frisky as she does on top of Sinclar’s funky guitar strums and pulsing disco beats (“Take me on a trip around the moon/I want to fuck with you,” she dreamily croons across the chorus), it mostly works–even though there’s something a bit off about hearing the icy-voiced “Murder On The Dancefloor” chanteuse lovingly singing “fuck” on repeat. It just feels…I don’t know. Wrong.
Prim and proper pop star gone potty mouth aside, the true drawback of this production? An entirely unnecessary rap two-thirds into the song: “I’mma fuck you then fuck your friend,” the mystery man offers. A kind gesture, but…well, you’re making things even more awkward for everyone. It’s just too much. IS JUST TOO MACH!!!
According to the video’s description (and my dicey Google Translate skills), “Fuck With You” is the lead single from Sinclar’s upcoming album Disco Crash, due out in January of 2012.
Disco Crash will be released in January of 2012. (iTunes)
And now for the most exciting news in the history of ever: Madame Rihanna is about to kick off her new album campaign with a brand new single: “We Found Love.”
According to AllAccess, “We Found Love” is due to impact mainstream Top 40 radio on October 11. And, according to a buttload of online rumors, she’s premiering the single–produced by Calvin Harris (Kylie Minogue, Sophie Ellis-Bextor)–live this Friday during Brazil’s Rock In Rio concert on September 23.
Princess RiRi even revealed a bit of the lyrics a few days ago on Twitter, which was just retweeted by Calvin Harris:
Sometimes it feels like we find love in the most hopeless place.
MY BODY IS READY.
Loud was released in November of 2010. (iTunes)
Straight boy lust? Join the club.
Inspired by 1956′s classic Trapeze, the UK’s original Pop Idol Will Young finds himself strapped into some spandex and swinging on poles (of the gymnastics variety, that is) in the gorgeous video for his new Richard X-produced single (and one of my favorite tracks of 2011), “Jealousy.”
Along the way, the singer remains hopelessly devoted to a sexy, strapping young hunk of ambiguous sexual orientation spending all his time twirling about with some blonde bimbo (okay, so he’s totally straight but no one wants to admit it).
With all the choreography, underlying sexual tension and crazy stalker ‘feathers-are-sprouting-from-my-skin’ eyes he’s supplying, Young is serving some major Black Swan realness in this clip! WHAT HAPPENED TO MY SWEET WILL?!
But wait–a stolen glance at the trapeze! Is it love? A bittersweet fantasy? Trust me, Will: If it’s anything like I’ve ever experienced, grab a bottle of wine and quit while you’re ahead: It looks (and feels) like a whole lot of jealousy to me.
Like the single, Young’s highly anticipated fifth studio album Echoes–due out on August 22–was produced entirely by electro-pop extraordinaire Richard X (Annie, Goldfrapp, Sophie-Ellis Bextor), along with co-writing credits from some of pop’s cutting edge scribes. Accordingly, the album finds Young breaking into new territory by incorporating dance and electronica elements. From the album’s press release:
Will has sidestepped some of his traditional sounds to move more into the world of electronic music, making an album of sophistry and gentility that pulses with the undercurrents of the dance-floor. The sweeping strings and key changes of his hit ballads have made way for synthesised melody, towards something sparer and more controlled. ‘I had to learn to undo my musical muscle memory,’ he explains. ‘To allow space into the music.’
Will has written all but one song on ‘Echoes’ along with a personally assembled roll call of collaborators including Jim Eliot & Mima Stilwell (Kylie), Andy Cato (Groove Armada) and Pascal Gabriel (Ladyhawke).
One of my most anticipated albums of the year? Oh, methinks yes.
“Jealousy” will be released on August 21. (iTunes UK)
For those who pre-ordered the single on iTunes UK (which just went on sale at midnight tonight in the UK), the song came bundled with a brand new B-side: “Porcelain Heart.”
In short, it is a perfect song. Literally: It’s a perfect pop song. Like a Girls Aloud or Sophie Ellis-Bextor track, “Porcelain Heart” is a perfectly sophisticated glam-pop track, made all the more dramatic thanks to Roberts’ (unexpectedly!) theatrical vibrato–think Clare Maguire produced by Xenomania.
It’s absolutely lush. Beyond. A favorite of the year, undoubtedly. To quote the Nicola: “I wouldn’t change a single thing.”
But the best moment of the entire song, OBVIOUSLY…
Note: My actual face upon hearing that note for the first time.
NICOLA FUCKING ROBERTS: Shitting on your faves since–well, since two days ago.
“Beat Of My Drum” was released on June 5. (iTunes UK)