Iconic singer Jimmy Somerville (Bronski Beat, The Communards) has announced the release of his sixth solo album, Homage, on March 9. The record, a collection of 12 original disco tracks, is a tribute to the genre that inspired Jimmy so much during his teenage years.
“A homage to disco is something I always wanted to do. I never really thought I could pull it off but I did, and it’s a really brilliant album to be perfectly honest,” says Somerville, exuding confidence and enthusiasm -“All influences, all the music I’ve listened to are in there. When I listen to it, it makes me think of being 15, sitting on the bed, taking the vinyl out of the sleeve, putting it on the record player, then just sitting and reading all of the sleeve notes whilst losing myself in the music.”
Two teaser tracks, Back To Me and Travesty, were digitally released this autumn, providing a tantalizing taste of the forthcoming album.
While working with the record’s producer and friend John Winfield, Jimmy had the idea to turn the songs they were working on at the time into disco. John didn’t need convincing. “We took all the songs and structured them into disco; when we started doing that I realized they were all closet disco songs and they all came to life. it was really exciting” explains Somerville.
The album was a ‘family and friends’ affair on which the legendary vocalist had full control, something, he says, that hadn’t been happening since the Communards. “Working with people who have been really been into it, completely supportive and understanding about what I wanted to achieve has been a complete dream ‘ no egos, no drama queens, no divas: just a real commitment and connection to it”.
Homage will be available as a Limited Edition CD in Gatefold sleeve and Coloured Vinyl double LP in Gatefold Sleeve on Strike Force Entertainment through Cherry Red Records.
“There’s a massive glitter ball in my head and it has never stopped turning” – Jimmy Somerville.
Jimmy Somerville – Homage
Back To Me
Lights Are Shining
Learned To Talk
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