Thanks for checking my pulse because I wasn’t sure if I made it to hit ‘play’.
British pop siren Sophie Ellis-Bextor‘s inexplicably delayed fourth studio album Make A Scene has just sprung two little leaks.
Behold, ‘Starlight’ – produced by Richard X (the genius behind unforgettable Annie and Rachel Stevens gems) – and ‘Revolution’, which was produced by Greg Kurstin (see: Kylie, Lily Allen etc.)
These tracks aren’t a complete revelation per se. Sophie has been flogging them in most of her recent gigs in preparation for that mystery album launch.
It’s no secret that Make A Scene is a gonna be a straight up dance record. The producers involved give us glimmers of variety from indie electro through to house, and of course, the usual vocal pop – but what’s exciting to see is, whether the album eventuates or not, Sophie is already stepping in line with a new generation female pop artists purveying dance LPs this year.
I’d be curious to compare this with other similar-minded records like Wynter Gordon‘s debut With The Music I Die and Zoe Badwi’s breakthrough LP, and see how these ladies manoeuvre through the different sonic divisions in dance music.
Take a listen to Sophie’s intergalactic 80s mid-tempo ‘Starlight’:
“We are one, find us under the starlight. I could die, right here in your arms…”
And then there’s ‘Revolution’ in all its vanilla British rap glory:
“Face to face, it’s murder on the dancefloor. Cut to the chase, just give us what we came for!”
Feed Limmy verdict: ‘Starlight’ (Bounce snap) and ‘Revolution’ (Lightbulb snap)
Mighty snap = this is a hit.
Bounce snap = instantly likeable.
Lightbulb snap = you will need a moment to get into this.
Nonchalant snap = need I say more?
No snap = please cease and decease.
Sophie Ellis-Bextor‘s Make A Scene is supposedly set to drop in the next few months.
Our friends at AuspOp recently reported that her Junior Caldera collabo ‘Can’t Fight This Feeling’ – in all its remix bundle goodness – is due for digital release here this Saturday 26 March.