Sophie Ellis-Bextor, purveyor of some of the finest pop music of the past decade, is set to release her brand new single, Bittersweet, on 3 May through Fascination Records. It is the lead track from her fourth solo album, ‘Make A Scene’. (not sure if the album is still called "Make A Scene" or if Eurosolution haven't been informed about the change in the title)
Bittersweet is a compelling, emotive epic with dramatic wooshes, tick-tocking drum machines and cold Eighties synth. It’s the euphoric, guaranteed pop moment of the Spring.
The new single is one of two songs to come out of Sophie’s collaboration with Freemasons. It’s the second time Sophie has worked with the Brighton-based producers, following their work together on Heartbreak (Make Me A Dancer), which was a Top 10 hit for Sophie last summer in the UK and also became her biggest selling single across Europe (I guess it's not a lie if they don't specify what chart).
Sophie comments: "They’re really good at celebrating the song, embracing as much pop and melody as they can. It was a natural collaboration and came together surprisingly easily."
Sophie’s album is due in the summer and her work with Freemasons is typical of how the rest of the album came together. All but two tracks on the album were co-written, the diverse team of writer/producers including: Freemasons, Greg Kurstin, Calvin Harris, Cathy Dennis, Metronomy, Richard X and Armin Van Buuren. "I collaborated with a lot of people but wanted a cohesive bunch of songs, not a scattergun approach, and I think we’ve really achieved that."
And now, thanks to the lovely guys at Fascination Records, Eurosolution are over the moon to present this massive record which comes with stunning mixes from Jodie Harsh and world wide superstars Freemasons!!!!!
This is nothing short of incredible so please make sure you are on the case 100% for this #1 Eurosolution Priority!
1. Freemasons Extended Mix
2. Jodie Harsh Extended Mix
3. Freemasons Short Club Mix
4. Freemasons Dub
5. Jodie Harsh Dub
6. Freemasons Radio Edit
7. Jodie Harsh Radio Edit
8. Radio Edit
So i think the tracklist is pretty much going to be this:
1. Bittersweet - Freemasons
2. Heartbreak Make Me A Dancer (sophie mentioned that it might be on the album, dont remember when)
3. Off & On - no writing credit - Cathy/Calvin
4. Calling It Love - Cathy/Calvin
5. Scene - Metronomy
6. Magic - Richard X mentions on Black Melody that is on the album
7. Starlight - Richard X
8. Not Giving Up On Love - Burren
9. _______________ - second song with no writing credit
10. Revolution - according to JP
11. Sophia Loren
(11 and 12 are pure speculation. Sophia Loren was good enough to be a single. It has to be on the album. And Synchronised was added to the Fascination office playlist. Again, it should be on the album)
Bloody hell, where on earth is Liam Howe's song going to be? So far as i know that is the stalker song - Dial My Number. I hope Heartbreak is not on the album. Also, if tracks 9 & 10 in this list are one and the same (i.e. if Sophie has no writing credit on Revolution) then we might have room for another song. I don't really mind if Off & On is not on the album, unless its the new mix that Calvin was working on.
I also hope we get 2 UK Bonus tracks on the album, as usual... I'm gutted that Dimitri and Jim Elliott didn't make it to the final cut. We just have to get bonus tracks on iTunes and tons of b-sides.