Which new track has the most (the)audience appeal?
Sophie Ellis-Bextor

Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s been through her share of stylistic changes across a career dating back to the late 1990s, when she first impressed on British charts as the striking vocal presence of Theaudience. Unlike a great many artists who used Britpop as a foundation for a pop-centric solo career, though, her releases haven’t exhibited a trend for diminishing returns: album five, ‘Wanderlust’ (review), charted at four in January and was generally warmly received by critics.

Here, Sophie turns critic to pass judgement, of sorts, on this Monday’s new (ish) single releases. Her own new single, ‘Runaway Dreamer’, is released today and its video can be seen below. Just down there.

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Aloe Blacc – ‘The Man’

“You can tell everybody that Aloe is the man who wears nice suits in the video. And a sharp trench coat. A collarless top sometimes, too. Yes, he is the man when it comes to that stuff.”

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Javeon – ‘Intoxicated’

“At the beginning of the video a lady spills some tea, and that upset me because I love tea. Javeon was probably too busy being intoxicated to care about the tea.”

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Paolo Nutini – ‘Scream (Funk My Life Up)’

“Paolo sings about a woman who was ‘just another woman with a shotgun in her hand – funk my life up.’ So that’s nice that he found someone, even though I’d worry about the shotgun. However, he also confesses, ‘hell I don’t even know her name,’ so I’m not sure the relationship is going to last, to be honest.”

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Agnes Obel – ‘Aventine’

 “Agnes is from Denmark and I enjoy going there as I find the Danish sense of humour to be quite similar to the British. This pretty song is quite serious though, so you can’t get a sense of that here.”

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Sophie Ellis-Bextor (website) plays live at an assortment of venues in April. This is called a tour.

7th – Institute, Birmingham
8th – Academy, Oxford
10th + 11th – Union Chapel, London
13th – Academy, Bournemouth
14th – Concorde 2, Brighton
15th – Academy, Bristol
17th – Sage (Hall 2), Gateshead
18th – Ritz, Manchester
19th + 20th – Oran Mor, Glasgow

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