Single Review: Sophie Ellis-Bextor – “Murder on the Dancefloor”

Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s “Murder on the Dancefloor” was an international dance hit in 2002. This single includes the radio edit of the song, as well as three remixes of “Murder on the Dancefloor.”

This single opens with the “Radio Edit,” in which a girl tells a guy that he won’t get away from her on the dance floor. Musically, this song sounds derivative of early 1980s dance music; but since I enjoy early 1980s dance music, I really like the feel of this song. Sophie also has a decent voice that complements the music track.

The first remix on the disc is the “Extended Album Version.” Compared to the “Radio Edit,” there’s an extra minute of instrumental at the beginning, with the occasional “murder” sung over it, as well as an extra instrumental near the breakdown. Overall, this extended version works well, and it essentially an old school extended mix.

Next is the “Jewels & Stone Remix,” which increases the tempo of the song. During the intro and the ending, there’s a “spacy” sound in the mix that sounds like a flying saucer going overhead. Also, there is some occasional cheering and distorted vocals thrown in; it sounds like the word “murder” has been distorted. Unfortunately, these distorted vocals add nothing to the song; in fact, they draw too much attention to themselves. At the end, the vocals stop abruptly, which is followed by tinkling bells. Overall, is a mediocre mix that really doesn’t enhance the original.

The last mix on the CD is the “Parky & Birchy Remix.” In my opinion, this mix takes too long to get started; it’s obvious that the instrumentation is building up by adding a couple elements at a time over the course of the three-minute intro, but it just takes too long and I found myself losing interest in the mix. Once the mix actually gets going, it has a flat-sounding bassline and percussion mixed with strings, tinkling bells, and horns. When the mix concludes, the vocals just abruptly end. Overall, this is also a mediocre mix, but it could have potentially been stronger if it was a shorter mix.

Overall, this is a mediocre single. If you like the song, but don’t want to buy the album, then get this single. Otherwise, you should purchase Sophie’s album in order to add this song to your music collection.

I wrote this review after listening to a copy of the “Murder on the Dancefloor” single that my husband and I purchased.

(written by Lesley Aeschliman on May 9, 2003)


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