Ladies First: New Music From Goldfrapp, Madonna, Roisin Murphy

Roisin Murphy hasn’t had a new album out since 2008’s Overpowered, due, presumably to pregnancy and issues with her record label, EMI. But that hasn’t stopped the Irish singer from releasing a couple of stellar singles over the past few years, first “Orally Fixated” in 2009, then “Mamma’s Place” in 2010. Now here we are, nearing the end of 2011, and while there still doesn’t seem to be any word from Murphy about when she might get around to dropping her third album, a new song, “Simulation,” has found its way onto the Internet.

Murphy called “Simulation” a “big, sexy song”—and big is right: At over nine minutes, it’s a beast of a track, with a late-night, extended dance edit kind of feel. Murphy’s not throwing any curve balls here; “Simulation” stays true to her funky, fuzzy ’90s house vibe without sounding like something we’ve all heard a million times before.

And speaking of revisiting that sort of early 90s sound, Toronto’s Azari & III are well worth checking out. Their self-titled debut will see a U.S. release in January. Until then, get into their single “Reckless (With Your Love).”