Sophie Ellis-Bextor has released her new album Songs from the Kitchen Disco: Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Greatest Hits, featuring a newly recorded version of Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love) for 2020, hit singles such as Murder on the Dancefloor and her recently released single Crying at the Discotheque.
The album is a collection of the songs that sound-tracked her popular lockdown kitchen disco performances, filmed live from her home with her family amidst a mixture of loveable fun and chaos, becoming a virtual escapism for the hundreds of thousands tuning in.
The album features Sophie’s biggest and best-known disco songs in one place for the first time ever, including 6 Top 10 hits, such as Murder On The Dancefloor and Take Me Home, plus the lead single Crying at the Discotheque and Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love) 2020 and covers such as My Favourite Things (all three recorded in Lockdown 1). The album is available physically on various colourful and collectable formats including CD, Tape and Double Vinyl LP, marking the first time many of Sophie’s hits have been available on Vinyl LP.
Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love) was the song that saw Sophie mark her transition from lead singer for the audience to fully fledged pop disco diva in the Summer of 2000 kickstarting her solo career. It charted at number one in the UK singles chart spending an incredible 30 weeks in the Top 100. Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love) 2020 still features the classic sample from Love Is You, but has been fully re-recorded by Sophie alongside James from The Freemasons for the first time and will be fully available on all DSPs.
Sophie’s lead single from the album is Crying at the Discotheque, which is a sparkling Studio 54 take on Alcazar’s 1990’s hit and went straight onto the A List at Radio 2 (becoming the most played record on the station in its first two weeks on the A List). The video, created by long-term collaborator Sophie Muller, was filmed recently in empty venues across London and sees Sophie ‘Crying in the “empty” Discotheques’ to raise awareness of the #WeMakeEvents initiative and the lack of support for the live events industry due to Covid-19. The venues included are Bush Hall, Apollo Theatre, St Moritz, Clapham Grand, Heaven, Omeara and The O2.
1 Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love) 2020
2 Take Me Home (A Girl Like Me)
3 Murder On The Dancefloor
4 Get Over You
5 Music Gets The Best of Me
6 Mixed Up World
7 Catch You
8 Me And My Imagination
9 Today The Sun’s On Us
12 Not Giving Up On Love
13 Heartbreak (Make Me A Dancer)
14 Young Blood
15 True Faith (BBC session)
16 Do You Remember The First Time? (Live)
17 Come with Us
18 Wild Forever
19 Crying at the Discotheque
20 My Favourite Things
Sophie says: “So here we are… an album called Songs from the Kitchen Disco inspired by one of the strangest times any of us have ever lived through. 2020 has been a crazy year. The heaviness of the news, the sudden empty diary, the lockdown and not seeing our friends and family… all this made Richard and I want to do something to lighten our mood and to connect with folk. Here in London, lockdown had just begun when my husband Richard suggested we do a live streamed gig here in the house and I liked the craziness of the suggestion. I have 5 kids, yes, but I also have a microphone, a disco ball, lots of songs to sing and a room full of sparkly clothes to wear. Every Friday night we did a live disco on Instagram from our kitchen and we adored it. It felt very chaotic and close to the wire (the kids sometimes tried to pull out the cables or fight with each other or attempt a very ambitious dance move) but overall it felt joyful and fun for us. it made me feel connected to everyone who dropped in to watch. The discos became the story of our lockdown… it was all domesticity and discos and not much else.”
“Here is a collection of songs that I sang – my own and covers. I’ve never done a classic Greatest Hits before and how bonkers is it that it’s come out of gigs from my home. What a bizarre time, but how lucky are we that music is here to lift us. It’s my favourite tonic and instantly gives me a release. Julie Andrews is so right… when I’m feeling sad, I simply remember my favourite things and then I don’t feel so bad. Singing for you is one of my favourite things, so thank you for being part of it all. From Richard and I and all the kids – Sonny, Kit, Ray, Jesse and Mickey – we send you lots of love from our house to yours and thank you for cheering me up.”
Sophie also recently launched her new podcast, Spinning Plates, which is in its second season and sees her chat to inspirational women about the balance between motherhood and their working lives in each one hour episode.
She has announced that she will be bringing her virtual disco to the present with a Kitchen Disco Tour next year, with all the frivolity of her original show on live stages across the country.