Jake Shears Releases New Album 'Last Man Dancing' Featuring Kylie Minogue

Jake will also make an appearance in New York City next week on Thursday, June 8th for an album-signing event.

By: Jun. 02, 2023
Jake Shears Releases New Album 'Last Man Dancing' Featuring Kylie Minogue

Jake Shears has released his brilliant new record, Last Man Dancing via Mute. The project features the new single and title track, a brand new collaboration with Kylie Minogue (“Voices”), plus acclaimed recent singles “Too Much Music” and “I Used To be In Love”.

Following a recent run of explosive support sets in the UK with Duran Duran, Shears will take Last Man Dancing out on the road this summer, with a sold-out date in London, international festivals including Mighty Hoopla and Glastonbury and in-store events for week of release. All dates are listed below.

Jake will also make an appearance in New York City next week on Thursday, June 8th for an album-signing event that will take place at the Barnes & Noble on 5th Ave. More details HERE.

The self-confessed Last Man Dancing, Jake Shears’ new album in many ways feels like the record he was born to make. Full of incandescent nods to dance music pioneers, a Sylvester falsetto here, a Patrick Cowley cowbell there and a Berghain pulse, Shears’ lifelong love affair with club culture breaks new ground while also sounding like a spiritual homecoming. This is nowhere more apparent than on “Voices”, which witnesses Jake’s much-anticipated creative reunion with Kylie Minogue over an Italo, dream-like siren “calling you to action…calling you to love.” 

Those who RSVP to the Last Man Dancing party will quickly realize there is more going on than may first meet the eye. The record was introduced in immersive style earlier this year with the reborn disco groove of “Too Much Music”, and followed by “I Used To Be In Love”, a symphonic blast of house, hedonism and finding yourself right at home in a crowd of strangers.

Like any great night out, things take a stranger turn: funk workout “Do The Television”, says Jake, “is about language and the loss of meaning, changing symbols and forgotten history”, while there’s a scathingly funny portrait of modern narcissism on the electro-clash of “Really Big Deal”.

The record reaches its floor-filling crescendo on what Shears loosely calls “The Suite”: an instrumental-led mix (“Mess Of Me”, “Doses”, “Radio Eyes”) that sees the party reach almost dystopian depths in a room that also features the unlikely collective voices of Big Freedia, Jane Fonda, Iggy Pop and Amber Martin.

Closing on the cinematic, breakbeat glam of “Diamonds Don’t Burn”, Last Man Dancing is ultimately a reminder to keep moving through whatever life throws at you, a theme rendered memorably through the title track’s video in which Jake earns his trophy not just as the “Last Man Dancing” but, without doubt, as one of this generation’s most trailblazing, positive pop stars. 

Even amidst its high-octane energy, Jake Shears’ new album offers Scissor Sisters’ front-man the opportunity to reflect on how he got to where he is today. In his own words, Last Man Dancing is “a journey through the ultimate house party. The first half gives you those singalong moments that get everyone into it at the top of night.

As the hours turn, you can go a little deeper and darker, more where the second half of the record goes. It’s inspired by all the over-the-top house parties I’ve thrown throughout my life. I was born to host, I love to DJ and my favorite hours of a party are from 4-6am. There’s nothing more luxurious than being as loud as you want in the early hours. Not everyone might make it to the end, but the last ones dancing are possibly rewarded with the most magical moments of the evening.”

In a polymathic career which has yielded multi-million global album sales, Brits, Ivor Novellos, an acclaimed memoir, a Broadway show, plus his Olivier-Award-winning musical ‘Tammy Faye’, Jake Shears’ pull to keep moving has remained constant, whether in the heat of the dance floor or in creating cathartic and unconventional art. With work that still speaks evenly to outsiders and the masses, catch Jake Shears on the road this summer and watch out for more news to follow soon. 


6/2/2023 || London || Village Underground – SOLD OUT
6/4/2023 || London || Mighty Hoopla
6/5/20223 || London || Rough Trade East (In conversation & signing)
6/8/2023 || New York || Barnes & Noble (Signing)
6/18/2023 || Florence || Firenze Rocks
6/24/2023 || Glastonbury || Glastonbury Festival
6/28/2023 || Lytham || Lytham Festival
7/8/2023 || Bristol || Pride
7/23/2023 || Nottingham || Splendour Festival
8/25/2023 || Lincolnshire || Lost Village Festival (DJ Set)
8/27/2023 || Manchester || Pride

Photo credit: Damon Baker


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