Kylie Minogue is getting good at dropping things: “Timebomb,” a squelchy disco track released a year ago to celebrate the pop icon’s 25th anniversary in the business; “Whistle,” a cut featuring Múm from the Jack and Diane soundtrack, released back in February; and now “Skirt,” a “birthday surprise” from the 45-year-old singer and a taste of her first album after signing with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation. “Skirt,” produced by Nom De Strip and co-written by The-Dream (whose latest album, IV Play, also dropped today), finds Minogue in a more experimental mode than 2010’s Aphrodite, battling for attention with an ugly dubstep riff by threatening to drop her skirt. The hook finally comes more than a minute into the track and only appears twice, but it’s quintessential Kylie:
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By the turn of the century, Kylie Minogue had effectively transformed herself from disposable pop tart to respected art-pop chameleon, outdoing even Madonna in her willingness to risk her place at the top of the superstar-diva pantheon by experimenting with her sound, most notably on 1997’s Impossible Princess and in collaborations with Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, DJ Towa Tei, and Australian rockers Gerling. There have been shades of that experimental spirit scattered throughout her last few albums, especially Body Language and X, but in recent years Kylie has more or less hewed closely to her successful dance-pop template.
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