Gossip has just unleashed their new single, “Perfect World”, produced by the one and only Brian Higgins of Xenomania. It’s a polished, straightforward pop-rock number, and the Xenomania stamp is unmistakable on the lush instrumental breaks. Set for a May release, the forthcoming album is called “A Joyful Noise”, as a tribute to the Queen Latifah/Dolly Parton movie of the same name.* I am quite looking forward to this, especially after Beth Ditto’s fantastic but brief solo outing. Check out the track below, or click here to watch the lyric video, if you prefer some nice typography action and kaleidoscopic visuals to go with it.
STREAM: Gossip – Perfect World
I’d been waiting for Beth Ditto to unleash her inner dance diva to its full potential ever since her fantastic collaboration with Simian Mobile Disco, “Cruel Intentions”, offered a glimpse of that side of hers. My wish and many others’ had been granted as Beth once again teamed up with SMD to release her first solo 4-track EP earlier this month. And it’s seriously good! Beth played den mother to the dancefloor with sass and wisdom, telling tales of love & heartbreak over juicy beats with an early ’90s vibe. It’s pop-oriented dance music with a melancholy side – my favorite kind. I’m only a casual Gossip fan, and I’m not so sure about a full-length album of electro Beth, but for a one-off EP, it’s aces. As of now, it’s only available digitally on Beatport and 12″, but a wider release will soon follow. Stream a sampler of the EP below. My favorite has to be “Do You Need Someone”. Also check out the James Ford version of Gossip’s “Pop Goes The World”, which I definitely prefer to the album version, and her previous track with SMD, “Cruel Intentions”.