Ladies and ladyboys: It’s time to get a little shady!
Just minutes ago, disco-pop dance outfit Scissor Sisters premiered their brand new track on BBC’s Radio 1: “Shady Love” featuring Krystal Pepsy–otherwise known as the DJ duo between Sisters frontman Jake Shears & Jeremy Lingvall–and Azealia Banks, a rising 20-year-old NYC rapper (and one of the BBC Sound of 2012‘s more exciting shortlist picks.)
In true SS fashion, the boys (and girl!) have gone and tweaked their sound ever-so-slightly again. Most notably? There’s rapping! That’s right–Jake Shears is spittin’ it quick in the verses (who thought he’d ever be a spitter?), sounding like a cross between Cazwell and Justin Timberlake: “She gon’ vote for Obama and she likes to dance to Madonna/Chops it like Benihana, so mm mmm, mm mmm!” Shears freestyles alongside Banks.
The Boyz Noise-produced song also sees the group moving away from the ’70’s-encrusted Studio 54 stomp of their 2010 studio masterpiece Night Work and moving into the 21st century with thick, gritty House synthesizers and frantic electronica. Fear not: The glittering melodies are still pure disco realness, but the sound is something much more eclectically electric. Oh, and that mini sitar breakdown about 3 minutes in? Just wicked!
Just as quickly, the group also premiered the official video for the track on NME this morning, which is more or less the kind of fierce performance piece I used to dream about staging as a wee gay boy in middle school–flashing lights, confetti and all. Get it!
What a way to kick off 2012! I’m loving the new sound so far. Now bring on the fourth Sisters effort!
“Shady Love” premiered on Radio 1 on January 2. (iTunes)