Rippin’ Up the Disco: New (Old) Kylie Minogue ‘X’ Demos Spill Out by the Dozens
Perhaps as a result of this news, or perhaps simply due to some incredibly gay, reverse Trumpholian instance of kismet, the vaults have suddenly burst open in one glittery blast, and dozens of X-era demos have come pouring out this weekend.
It appears that the long-rumored “3-CDR” X set, a collection of 49 demos — early versions of X album tracks, B-sides, dozens of discards and a handful of session singer tracks recorded for Kylie’s 2007 masterpiece — has finally seen the light of day in full.
— KYLIE.com.br (@KylieMinogueBR) February 4, 2017
But thanks to Kylie Brasil (of course it’s Brazil), we’ve got more, more more.
The set is a veritable treasure trove of thumping electro-pop and hip-pop from one of Kylie’s most consistently excellent eras, from the shimmering strut of “To The 9’s” to Studio 54 throwback “Osmondosis” — and yes, even one long-rumored gem called “Sexual Gold.”
Even in rough form, some of these are fascinating: there’s an amazing song hidden somewhere in cuts like “I Can’t Help That,” “Simple Boy” (a personal favorite) and “Acid Min,” which nears Roisin Murphy-level disco experimentation. The whispering is also very much like her sister Dannii‘s “Everybody Changes Underwater” — too much to handle.
“Something 2 Believe In” could sit perfectly in between “Stars” and “No More Rain.” “Guess” feels like a quick pass at a Pharrell-esque, Hard Candy sound. And who would ever guess Kylie now has three entirely different songs called “Right Here, Right Now?” And this is exactly how I imagine the recording session for “What’s It Gonna Take?” went down.
Obviously, it’s unfortunate to see a beloved artist’s rough drafts leak (especially at this volume), but it also couldn’t come at a better time to remind us of the greatness, versatility and goddess level of Kylie Minogue. We’re spoiled.
Consider this the appetizer ahead of the main course coming later this year.