Like the soul of Madonna with the ego and heart of Lady Gaga, Gossip singer-gone-solo Beth Ditto‘s upcoming EP is a brew of vocal-house and modern soul laced with romanticized synths.   Produced by UK dance duo and production pioneers Simian Mobile Disco, Ditto’s latest will make you go, “Ooooo-wee, that’s funky, let’s dance!”

Opening with “I Wrote the Book,” the first single from her solo EP (available March 8th, 2011) is brimming with bouncy beats and ’90s fanfare highlighting the early sounds of house music from the likes of Rozalla, Black Box, C+C Music Factory that no doubt influenced the diva. “Good Night Good Morning” has a summery feel to it, electro-leaning drum pads coated with a poppy bounce and vocals primed to move a crowd while “Open Heart Surgery” injects heart and depth into a genre that is often soulless. And, then there’s “Do You Need Someone” featuring sexy percussion and shadowy beats served straight up. Overall, if her tracks could be visually seen, they’d be wearing fairy wings and trying to get everyone up off the wall.

Recorded in the UK, SMD (James Ford and Jas Shaw) both co-wrote and took production duties on the EP, capturing a softer evocative side to Beth’s powerful vocals with sassy beats. Listen to an exclusive premiere of the EP below.

Beth Ditto EP Track List:

  1. I Wrote the Book
  2. Good Night Good Morning
  3. Open Heart Surgery
  4. Do You Need Someone

Watch the video to “I Wrote the Book,” an unabashed nod to Madonna‘s “Justify My Love” and “Vogue.”

If the video above returns an error, check it out on Vevo here!

Beth Ditto EP (Deconstruction Records)
Street Date: March 8, 2011
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