Sophie Ellis-Bextor has shared the official video for her recent single ‘Breaking The Circle’, which is taken from her seventh studio album ‘HANA’ released on 2nd June via Cooking Vinyl. She has also announced an intimate London album launch show on 30th June at Lafayette.
Filmed in London by Remi Laudat, the video flits between reality and fantasy and sees Sophie both awake and in a lucid dream performing in different rooms within a house, ending in an angular dance routine finale.
She has also announced an intimate London album launch show on Friday 30th June at Lafayette, which will be a one-off unique performance. Tickets will go on general sale this Friday and all pre-orders of the album will gain access to the exclusive show presale tomorrow. The pre-sale link can be accessed here and general-sale tickets will be available here.
Sophie recently performed ‘Breaking The Circle’ and her hit single ‘Murder on the Dancefloor’ as well as a cover of Madonna’s ‘Open Your Heart’ alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra for an exclusive BBC Radio 2 Piano Session during Ken Bruce’s Radio 2 show and on BBC Sounds. The full set of performances can be watched here.
New single ‘Breaking The Circle’ follows Sophie’s Radio 2 A-Listed single ‘Hypnotized’ with Wuh Ohlast year (currently at 2M streams) and her most recent album ‘Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Kitchen Disco: Live from the London Palladium’, which was also her first live album. A pensive and spirited track with a euphoric chorus, ‘Breaking The Circle’ has already been B-Listed at Radio 2 and is the first introduction to Sophie’s new album. She also shared a remix of the single by Sudlow last week, which can be listened to here.
Speaking about the track, Sophie says; “Breaking The Circle is inspired by those late-night moments you have, where you question everything and feel a buzz of adrenaline about what tomorrow might bring. It’s urgent and dramatic and optimistic… the perfect introduction to the new album.”
New single ‘Breaking The Circle’ and her forthcoming album ‘HANA’ were made with long-time collaborator and friend Ed Harcourt. It is their third in a trilogy of records, with each stemming around the thematic frame of a location. The collaboration began in 2014 with the critically and commercially successful ‘Wanderlust’, which was inspired by Eastern Europe, and continued in 2016 with ‘Familia’, inspired by Latin America. New album ‘HANA’, which Harcourt describes as “kaleidoscopic joy”, is inspired by East Asia and began with the album track ‘Tokyo’ and Sophie’s first trip to Japan pre-pandemic in 2020.
Check out ‘Breaking The Circle’ – BELOW:
The full tracklisting for ‘HANA’, which is available to pre-order now and will be available on CD, LP, Cassette and digitally with signed and exclusive formats from Sophie’s Official Store is as follows:
A Thousand Orchids
Breaking The Circle
Until The Wheels Fall Off
Everything Is Sweet
Lost In The Sunshine
Beyond The Universe
He’s a Dreamer
Hearing In Colour
We’ve Been Watching You
Following her much-loved Kitchen Disco parties shared on Instagram over lockdown, Sophie has since released two albums, ‘Songs from the Kitchen Disco’ and ‘Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Kitchen Disco: Live from the London Palladium’, which followed her sold out Kitchen Disco live tour. She has also released her first book ‘Spinning Plates’, is in her eighth series of the successful podcast of the same name, has released her first cookbook ‘Love. Food. Family: Recipes from the Kitchen Disco’ with her husband and The Feeling bassist Richard Jones and has a weekly show ‘Sophie’s Ellis-Bextor’s Kitchen Disco’ on BBC Radio 2. Sophie also completed an impressive 24-hour Danceathon for Children in Need in November 2021 where she raised over £1M.
Sophie performed to packed out crowds at summer festivals last year, including Latitude, Wilderness, Victorious and Wychwood, and will be bringing her Kitchen Disco live show to audiences in the UK this Winter with her Christmas Kitchen Disco tour. Tickets are on sale now and full dates are as follows:
Fri 30th: London Lafayette (album launch show)
Thur 23rd: Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion
Fri 24th: Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Sun 26th: Newcastle City Hall
Mon 27th: Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Wed 29th: Cambridge Corn Exchange
Thu 30th: Ipswich Regent Theatre
Sat 2nd: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Sun 3rd: Sheffield City Hall
Tue 5th: London Eventim Apollo
Wed 6th: Portsmouth Guildhall
Thu 7th: Guildford G Live
Sat 9th: Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Sun 10th: York Barbican
Tue 12th: Cardiff St David’s Hall
Thu 14th: Birmingham Symphony Hall
She will also be performing at summer festivals this year, including Latitude, Isle of Wight, Camp Bestival and Mighty Hoopla, with further performances to be announced soon.