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Kylie Minogue's New Album "Kylie X" Leaks, Brief Review


I love a nice surprise.

A ZIP package landed in my email box last night simply titled "Kylie X." It contained seven high quality and complete tracks, titled "Lose Control," "Stars," "When The Cats Away," "Sensitized," "In My Arms," "Fall For You" and "Excuse My French."

These are obviously brand-new Kylie Minogue tracks that are most likely taken from her upcoming new album "Kylie X" that is supposed to come out later this year. (I am not a 100% sure about the tracks' authenticity, but it is definitely Kylie and it is definitely new music.)

My label contacts are mum about what exactly is going on, but the rumor is that Kylie's peeps are deliberately and selectively leaking the record to create early buzz for the album. Clever. It is obviously an effective marketing technique that is no longer exclusive to the "tiny courageous" who are trying  to kickstart momentum for their new music (such as blog fave Robyn who shot to number one with the support of internet leaks.)

I can tell you that this unofficial "Kylie X" is sounding quite good. It is the same cheeky disco pop that is so typically Kylie with a few very unexpected twist and turns. Missing from this "Kylie X" sampler are "White Diamonds" and her duet with Just Jack, titled "I Talk Too Much," which will appear on the U.S. release of Jack's "Overtones."

A quick overview:

"Fall For You"
A futuristic dance stomper with a totally hot, high-energy chorus and a swirling synth riff. It has a similar energy as "Come Into My World" but with a higher bpm.

"Excuse My French"
A sexy and sleek electro-pop tune that reminds me of Kylie"s "Fever" phase.

"In My Arms"
The most unusual of the bunch, and I wouldn't be surprised if this is in fact the much-anticipated Calvin Harris production. It is best described as a very fresh, mid-tempo alternative dance tune that starts out as an indie rock track with live guitar and drums before it kicks into a dirty synth arrangement with a really tight groove and '80s type sound effects. This track is very, very good.

Kylie does her best pop-rock. Yeah, ladies and gentlemen. There is an electric guitar throughout the track that is emphasized during the emotive, near-epic chorus of the song.

"Lose Control"
This sounds very experimental. Minogue definitely ventures left-field here with a song full of special vocal effects, tweaked synths and bursting basslines. Still very stylish though. It is very restrained production-wise, not over the top in terms of sound and balance. This could very well be the Groove Armada-produced track. It's remarkable.

Another very hot and sexy track that includes a sample of somebody yelling "whoa!" in a high-pitched voice. A little odd, but cool.

"When The Cats Away"
This track sounds a bit generic to me. Not really that special. Would probably make a good b-side. The song has a very prominent, bouncing bassline that might make it a good track to remix with. 

August 17, 2007 in Kylie Minogue, Sneak Peek | Permalink


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Lose Control Anthony Lago's Mixes are pretty good! Can't wait to see other remixes from this cd

Posted by: Lookin4you2xist at Aug 17, 2007 3:43:15 PM

Hey Arjan, these all leaked about 3-4 months ago. If one knows where to look, there are plenty more floating around the internet! ;-)

Posted by: Johnny at Aug 17, 2007 3:50:06 PM

"In My Arms" is officially my favorite of the bunch--it's an incredible song, with just enough quirkiness to make it interesting but not too weird. "Excuse My French" is a very close second, with "Sensitized" rounding up the Top 3. The rest of the album is kinda iffy, but I'm sure it'll grow on me...Can't wait til it comes out!

Posted by: Talal at Aug 17, 2007 6:18:45 PM

Honestly, I think I liked "Lose Control" possibly the best! I like that she was willing to take risks. Then again, "Stars" is up there as well!

Kylie is an inspiration musically, and just as a person that has had to deal with obstacles in life.

Keep up the great blogging!

Posted by: Custom Lapel Pins at Aug 17, 2007 9:59:39 PM

"Sensitized" uses a sample of French singer/composer Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot's "Bonnie & Clyde", already used by French rapper MC Solaar or Timbaland on his protege Kiley Dean's "America".

Posted by: raviolimatt at Aug 18, 2007 2:57:25 AM

"Sensitized" uses a sample of French singer/composer Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot's "Bonnie & Clyde", already used by French rapper MC Solaar or Timbaland on his protege Kiley Dean's "America".

Posted by: raviolimatt at Aug 18, 2007 2:57:49 AM

These leaked ages ago! The title "Kylie X" was a nickname for the tenth kylie album spawned by a blog (I think it was dontstopthepop)

One of the songs isn't even Kylie ;-)

Posted by: Mark at Aug 18, 2007 3:45:05 AM

Yeah pretty old leak but I agree--great stuff. *apparantly* Lose Control was produced by Roger Sanchez (it does have some of his sound) In My Arms, Stars and Fall For You are all done by Biffco (aka Stannard/Gallagher and crew) who are my fave underated recent Kylie collaborators (Light Years, Please Stay, In Your Eyes, Love at First Sight, BPM and other tracks were all by them) with In My Arms also being co produced by Calvin Harris as you guessed. I'm glad he teamed up with Biffco as it gave it a bit more of a poppy shine--all three tracks are wonderful but Arms is the standout...

Cat and French are both Jewels and Stone tracks--and I find kinda underwhelming. Not sure whatto make of Sensitized (and I have no clue who worked on it though it is apparantly a track Kylie has been working on for a few projects--one version being done for Body Language)

Posted by: Eric Henwood-Greer at Aug 18, 2007 4:54:48 AM

I know everyone has this but can someone please upload and send me a download link please? am dieing to hear this new matterial! vipjon@gmail.com thanks everyone!

Posted by: Jon Scott at Aug 18, 2007 11:04:48 PM

pretty sure Kylie X will be a bit different that these previously leaked items.

Posted by: James Derek dwyer at Aug 19, 2007 9:10:11 AM

Can it be that in "when the cats away" the lyrics actually says: "everytime we get some weed, all the boys come out to play.. it´s a bad behaviour but i like the flavour"??

Posted by: at Aug 19, 2007 10:28:47 PM

none of these tracks are going to be included in the new album. they're part of a three-cd demo that leaked early this year. over 30 more tracks were going to be leaked, but they didn't due to complains.

Posted by: daniel at Aug 20, 2007 9:12:41 PM

Hey Arjan,

I got the same sampler a bit ago and came to find out that "Excuse My French" and "When The Cat's Away" are new, but the other tracks are from previous album sessions, mainly Body Language. The song "In My Arms" has the Calvin Harris touch to it after Stannard and Gallagher produced and wrote it.

Just a little FYI.


Posted by: SounByte at Aug 22, 2007 9:12:16 AM

my favourite songs are
fall for you
when the cat's away
lose control
excuse my french

Posted by: Ruth Wilson at Feb 24, 2008 1:30:47 PM

the est track on the x disc is the one absolutley fantastic and i do not unerstand why itdid so bad in the charts it was one of her best something was completely wrong with the promoting of the song everyone who hears this song in my house is shocked because they have never heard of it and do not understand why it actually got no radio time i dont even think it was on anyones playlist how can this be kylie has to give her manager a big fat smack in the mouth for this fuck up and that is the right word such a great song should of gone to straight to number 1 thats what i think

Posted by: carly gull at Oct 20, 2008 2:37:52 PM

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