Raw, nasty Southern blues-rock and twinkling, euphoric dance-pop seem like fundamentally opposed strains of music. They seem like things that you shouldn’t be able to combine. But Beth Ditto has pulled it off. Ditto spent 17 years leading the band Gossip, taking them from their grimy garage-punk beginnings to their glossy dance-rock phase. And next week, she’ll release her solo debut Fake Sugar, and it’s an impressive piece of hybridized pop music with some great songs on it. We’ve posted the early singles “Fire,” “Oo La La,” and “We Could Run.” And right now, you can stream the whole thing at NPR.
Fake Sugar is out 6/16 on Virgin.