Australian-British singer, songwriter and actress, Kylie Minogue announced the release of her 15th album Disco due to be released in November on the BMG Rights Management label. Along with the announcement, Minogue released the album’s first single titled “Say Something.” According to the songwriter’s press release, “the disco-tinged song features particularly poignant lyrics for 2020’s world: ‘We’re a million miles apart in a thousand ways…Love is love it never ends, can we all be as one again?’ ”
The album was produced by Biff Stannard of the Brighton, England-based production and songwriting team Biffco. The two have worked together on many tracks over the years including on tracks such as “In Your Eyes,” “Love at First Sight” and “In My Arms.”
Kylie’s “Say Something” has a disco influence and sounds a bit like Madonna’s 1992 song “Die Another Day”, like Robyn’s 2018 song “Missing U” and a few songs from Jessie Ware’s 2020 album What’s Your Pleasure, such as “Step Into My Life” and “Read My Lips.”
Slightly above average when it comes to energy and danceability, the song and its lyrics sound slightly unhappy. This is accentuated by the fact that the song appears to be written in the key of C minor, a key known for drawing out innocently sad and love-sick feelings. Adding to this, the song’s tempo of approximately 105 BPM is relatively slow compared with the common disco tempo ranges of 115 to 130 BPM.
The intro begins with a retro 1980s synth tone color. Throughout the song the vocals and guitar also have a 1980s feel while the drums play a straight standard beat. Overall, the song has the ability to give the listener a taste of the past. With the exception of the slight build in the intro, the energy level remains relatively constant throughout the entire song.
Based on a recent video, Dua Lipa stated she would like to do a collaboration with Kylie. Other than this statement, no official announcement of any collaboration between the two appears to have been made.
Disco is currently available for pre-order and can be ordered online here.