For anyone who paid close attention to either Gossip‘s ‘Music For Men’ or Beth Ditto’s collaboration with Simian Mobile Disco, ‘Cruel Intentions’, you’ll already be aware of how brilliantly the big lunged frontwoman’s vocals sit alongside an electronic instrumental.  So for her new EP, Ditto handed over production duties entirely to the aforementioned SMD and the results are nothing short of remarkable.

‘Do You Need Someone’ is 6 minutes of heavily synthesised disco with a sighing and desperate but also beautiful vocal from Beth.  ‘Goodnight, Good Morning’ is a similar beast about drunken evenings that go on longer than intended, but is slightly cheerier and bigger on melody. ‘I Wrote The Book’ is probably the best thing on the EP, which sounds like a long lost Inner City track paying plenty of homage to their seminal ‘Good Life’.  ‘Open Heart Surgery’ closes the EP which once again is fairly bright, housey and filled with a big arpeggiated top line makes us very happy indeed.  Brilliant stuff – here’s hoping for a whole album’s worth of it…

Beth Ditto – Do You Need Someone

Beth Ditto – I Wrote The Book