Sophie Ellix Bextor makes her much-anticipated return to the international pop scene this summer with "Beautiful," a massively potent collaboration with French DJ/producer Mathieu Bouthier. Bextor adds a whole lotta class and a proper dose of sass to Bouthier's larger-than-life dance-pop number that is sure to fire up dancefloors across Europe this season. "Beautiful" will be released in France on July 16 through Serial Records/Universal France with international distribution following in the weeks after.
Mathieu Bouthier first hit the French scene in 2006 when he released his official debut single "Need U" that was a break out hit for the young DJ in France. In the years following, he developed a reputation from Paris to Perpignan, and from Nantes to Nice for being one of France's most prominent club DJs with successful residencies all over the country. One of his most successful DJ ventures to date was the launch of his own club night, aptly-called "The French Do It Better Party," that he periodically hosted at Paris' swanky Queen nightclub right on the Champs-Elysees.
In more recent years, Bouthier served up a string of dance hits in France including "Together In Electric Dreams," "New York City" and "Before U Go." In addition to spinning alongside people like Martin Solveig, Laidback Luke and Joachim Garraud, he also was featured as radio DJ on tastemaking French radio station FUN.
Bouthier now has his sights set on crossing over into the international pop charts far beyond French borders. After hearing her smash collaborations with people like Bob Sinclair, Freemasons and Armin van Buuren, he asked Ellis-Bextor to take on the vocal duties on "Beautiful" to top off his mind-altering beats and smoldering synths. Always sleek and stylish, Sophie Ellis-Bextor adds a high-carat, euphoric vocal presence to the track that results in a peppy blend of Paris chic with London cool. Look for the full version on iTunes soon with a full remix package later this summer.