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Friday, October 19, 2007

Wear it like you own it. Dance it like you wrote it.

In a shout-out to Róisín Murphy, Dean Mayo Davies is Overpowered...

Formerly of the band Moloko, the London-based Irish chanteuse Róisín (pronounced Row-sheen) Murphy collaborated with Matthew Herbert on her snappy electronic solo album, Ruby Blue, a couple of years back. Now she's unleashed Overpowered, a soulful, s-s-sexy, disco-style long player that brings Studio 54 glamour to the MySpace generation.

"Essentially it’s a disco record," she told me this morning, after performing for Gucci at Fashion Rocks last night. "It's also the first time I’ve tried to make a genre record. It’s not as accidental as anything I’ve made before. I had a very clear focus for it before I started."

She's focused indeed and, when it comes to fashion, unafraid to wear the most conceptual stuff around. If it's big and bright, chances are she's worn it, or will. Epic Maison Martin Margiela shoulders? Check. Gareth Pugh woven foil coat with inflatable collar? Check. Viktor & Rolf dress with personal lighting rig and high-heeled clogs? Check.

And she's well aware that it's hard work being this fabulous. "It’s terrible because I can’t out-do myself now, the outfits are just bigger and bigger! So every time I do a video or a TV show or something it’s such a bloody headache now. I’ve worn all the biggest outfits in the world!"

Currently on tour in Europe, she's sure to play one of her hot jams at a nightspot near you. Prepare to get a lil' Overpowered yourself.