Seven years is truly a long, long time. But finally she’s provided us with what’s at least close to an album.
RÓISÍN MURPHY MI SENTI (Vinyl Factory) @@@
Expect the unexpected. Could’ve easily been the title of this compilation of long awaited new recordings by Irish club Godess Róisín Murphy. What she’s chosen to do is to record a handful of Italian songs, originally recorded by artists such as Mina and Lucio Battisti, and then topped it off with one brand new composition of her own. All in close collaboration with her partner and producer Sebastiano Properzi. And however they may have sounded in their original form, Murphy and Properzi has transformed almost, all of the tracks into sublime Italian disco. And that is also when it works as its best. In parts though, the brilliance stays in theory, the kitsch of it all is more amusing than enthralling.
Ironically, one of the finest moments of this EP, happens to be In sintesi, the only original track and written by Murphy and Properzi. It combines that electronical flavour of Murphys earlier work together with a sparse, elegant production, which hits close to Italodisco-home. Beautifully put together. Though the stand out on Mi Senti has to be rewarded to Ancora tu, so exact and so precise, with so much effortless grace and the absolutely magnificent vocals by Róisín Murphy. Brava!