Album Watch: Beth Ditto Is Dancing On The Edge With New EP

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

There are just some days you need to hear Beth Ditto place her vocals over some icy meditative dance pieces, and today is that day. I had no idea the vivacious front woman of The Gossip was even releasing an EP of this sort, but seek and you shall find---and what a find it is. 

Produced by Simian Mobile Disco (whom had Ditto guest spot on their track "Cruel Intentions"), the four-track self-titled EP, is densely drenched in brooding dancefloor splendor. Being a child of the 'ultimate dance party' 90's and a fan of Freestyle from the likes of Shannon, Expose, and Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, I gobbled this up as the EP hits on all those styles and techniques. The set really has a great feel of the early crackles of 80's Freestyle (think of the starkness of Debbie Deb's "When I Hear Music") with a slight 90's House influence, and Ditto's voice was just born to do it. Only problem with this set? It's too damn short!

Two of my favorite tracks are for your listening pleasure below, and you can purchase the EP via download here. The EP will be released internationally in March, but purchase now if you want to feel the groove right away.

Beth Ditto - Open Heart Surgery 

Beth Ditto - I Wrote The Book

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