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”.