Aguilera announced earlier this year she'd be hooking up with electro acts Goldfrapp and Ladytron, on top of her go-to producer Linda Perry and ambient Aussie songstress and “new best friend” Sia. Now, she'll be heading into the studio to record with the beat-happy riot ladies of Le Tigre.
Le Tigre haven't even recorded an album since 2004's This Island, yet now they're all about working with an ex-Mouseketeer. Then again, we kind of saw this coming: Back in '04, lead singer Kathleen Hanna told EW: “'Ilove Christina Aguilera. She has, like, mini-feministmessages.'' Meant to be!
Needless to say, all of this is very interesting. What's next for Aguilera – announcing she's working with Hot Chip?! (Not a bad idea, actually. Somebody get on that.) Xtina offered a brief glimpse of what her next album could sound like with last year's greatest hits collection, Keeps Gettin' Better, which included thumpers like “Dynamite” and the title track. Namely: more pulsating, ready-for-the-floor synth beats, less belting and jazz-era crooning.
With Le Tigre and co. on board to help pen and produce the tunes, her new album looks like it will move even further toward the avant-garde electro-pop genre. Or, as Gaga puts it, “great art.”
What do you think of the new direction Aguilera has taken? Are you digging the electro-y vibe, or do you wish she'd work those God-given vocal chords more? And which pop star holds your allegiance: Xtina, or the doppelganger she doesn't know and thinks might be a man, Lady Gaga?