ICYMI: Sophie Ellis-Bextor Casually Released One Of The Year’s Best Singles
I like to think I’m across most new releases (particularly from artists I love), but the arrival of Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s “Love Is You” in early August completely passed me by. Which is outrageous because it’s her best single since “Bittersweet.” A dizzying, breathtakingly faithful cover of Carol Williams’ disco classic, “Love Is You” is the first taste of the Brit’s upcoming orchestral greatest hits album. What is a random cover doing on SEB’s best-of? Well, it’s the song Spiller sampled on “Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love).”
“I listened to a load of really amazing disco music, trying to choose something which wasn’t too obvious,” Sophie says of the album’s first single and only original track. “Then I came across that one and thought it’d be perfect. ‘Love Is You’ was the launchpad for my first single as a solo artist, plus it’s got these amazing orchestra strings. We recorded my version fully live with my band and the orchestra too. I love it.” The enduring hitmaker’s greatest hits is called The Song Diaries and is expected to arrive in early 2019. Pre-order it here.