After 17 years with garage-punk band the Gossip, Beth Ditto will make her solo debut with Fake Sugar, set for release on June 16 via Virgin Records/Universal Music Canada. “Fire”, the album’s leadoff track and first single, premiered on BBC Radio 1’s “Hottest Record in the World.” Listen to the single HERE. Fans preordering Fake Sugar, available now, receive Fire” instantly. See below for the full track listing.

Ditto collaborated with Jennifer Decilveo (Andra Day, Ryn Weaver) to produce the record, which, Decilveo masterfully balanced out Ditto’s punk bias with pop flare and perspective. As Ditto puts it, “She was the rollerblades to my roller skates. We’d argue all day long and I loved it.”

On Fake Sugar, Ditto approaches love, loss, looking back and moving forward with all the sexiness, poignancy, power and beauty befitting such an iconoclastic artist. The album is a mash-up of driving blues, malt-shop pop, swooning rock and countrified soul. “In and Out” is a hip-shaker with a ’50s girl group vibe, “Savoir Faire” pairs a disco stomp with Ditto’s crackling rock vocal and “Go Baby Go” is a tribute to Suicide’s Alan Vega, decked out in black leather, racing down an interstellar aural highway. On “Oh My God”, Ditto’s rawness, quaver and cool split the difference between Tina Turner and Bobbie Gentry.

Fake Sugar – Track Listing

  1. Fire

  2. In And Out

  3. Fake Sugar

  4. Savoire Faire

  5. We Could Run

  6. Oo La La

  7. Go Baby Go

  8. Oh My God

  9. Love In Real Life

  10. Do You Want Me To

  11. Lover

  12. Clouds

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