Róisín Murphy has prepared a new EP of covers paying homage to Italian pop and disco sounds of the 60s and 70s. The 6 tracker comprises 5 Italian language covers, and one original, the magnificent, slow pulsing 'In Sintesi', which Murphy has made available to stream.
Recorded between Ibiza and London, the tracks were the result of a collaboration with Milanese producer Sebastiano Properzi, and include covers of Mina (‘Ancora Ancora Ancora’ and ‘Non Credere’), Patty Pravo (‘Pensiero Stupendo’), Lucio Battisti (‘Ancora Tu’) and Gino Paoli (‘La Gatta’).
“‘In Sintesi’ came together very quickly”, Murphy explains, “and I think we all enjoyed the freedom of creating from scratch our own thing, after the weeks of work involved in getting the cover versions close to something we could be proud of.”
“Knowing one’s own recorded version has to stand up against the great music you are covering is a pressure you don’t have when you write. It started like this; “Sebi, how do you say ‘in synthesis’?”.”
The EP is out as a limited 1000 copy gatefold album via The Vinyl Factory on May 28th, with the first 500 copies signed by Murphy. Pre-order (for the slightly eye popping price of £40) here