Beth Ditto and co are back with a track that makes an even bigger break with their punk-funk past
Gossip’s collaboration with production team Xenomania is hardly surprising. Since the trio emerged in 2007 with Standing in the Way of Control, they’ve increasingly tried to distance themselves from the feral, punkish workouts of their early years.
For their last record, 2009′s Music for Men, they hired Rick Rubin to produce an album that touched on everything from Standing in the Way of Control pastiches (Heavy Cross) to disco-tinged electro-pop (Pop Goes the World) to downbeat electronica (Four Letter Word). This was followed by Beth Ditto’s excellent solo sojourn with dance duo Simian Mobile Disco, which ditched guitars in favour of a sound influenced by house and 80s Madonna. And so we come to the band’s forthcoming album Perfect World, which started as a collaboration with Mark Ronson and then finished with Brian Higgins and his Xenomania production team.
What is immediately apparent about the single is there is no dominating bassline, no urgent guitar riffs, just a distant keyboard motif and simple drum pattern that introduce a calm-sounding Beth Ditto. That’s not to say they’ve had the life sucked out of them, far from it. It’s a brilliantly constructed song that harnesses the band’s energy for the soaring chorus, dropping everything for the middle eight before exploding again. It’s good to have them back.
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