Why, who’s that glamour gal with
the sultry camera gaze? Just ask Perez Hilton!
When Gossip put out their first ever record in 2000, it came with
a sleevenote that read as a statement of intent: “no thanks to the kids that
don’t dance”. To that end, Beth Ditto’s first official side project comes
ready-made for the dancefloor, electro anthems inspired by her heroines Grace
Jones and Aaliyah. While Gossip are currently in the studio at work on their
next album, Ditto has also recorded a collaboration with UK dance duo and
production pioneers Simian Mobile Disco, available digitally on March 8.
Beth had already
teamed up with Simian Mobile Disco, having provided guest vocals on the track
‘Cruel Intentions’ for 2009’s ‘Temporary
Pleasures’ album, but working with James Ford and Jas Shaw took their
relationship to a whole new level of intimacy. Recorded in the UK in August,
SMD both co-wrote and took production duties on the EP, capturing a softer
evocative side to Beth’s powerful vocals. As SMD put it, in a statement, “Working
with Beth honestly couldn’t have been any more fun. We basically started where
we left off with cruel intentions and went deeper into psychedelic disco territory.
We tried to keep it pretty raw and simple, all the while focusing on Beth’s
A video for “I Wrote
The Book” was shot at Grosvenor House in London
and directed by Price James (Gossip, Hercules and the Love Affair, Peaches,
Friendly Fires, SMD). James describes the video as “old school and
cinematic” and “wanted to achieve an intimacy to put you ‘in
Beth’s world’. The visual look is soft and constantly changing, delicate
and dreamy…” You can see the video at www.gossipyouth.com.