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- Posted on Dec 4th 2007 12:00PM by Jolie Lash
"There's an album that I've done, that I'll probably [release] next year, called 'A Mixtape From Ben Lee,'" the Aussie troubadour tells Spinner. "It's about 15 new songs and they're each sung by a different person. The Kylie one is interesting because it's the only song I co-wrote on the album, and I co-wrote it with my niece who was 11 at the time."
Lee who says he's a "pretty cool" uncle, worked with his niece Jacinta and came up with the lyrics to the song, called 'Rain.' "It's all about the rain outside and your mum making you clean up your room and Kylie sings that song," Lee says. "She does an amazing job."
Lee confirms his niece has indeed heard the number. At first, Jacinta was very impressed. "She was when I gave it to her, but now I think she's embarrassed," he recounts. "I gave it to her for her birthday. I was like, 'Hey! This is the new Kylie song,' and she was like 'OMG!'"
Lee was able to recruit Kylie for the effort as the two Aussie's previously covered Duran Duran's 'The Reflex' once upon a time. The 'Rain' collaboration happened via FedEx but plenty of other guest artists on 'Mixtape' met Lee in the studio, including Tim Wheeler from Ash, E from the Eels, Ian Ball from Gomez and actress/singer Zooey Deschanel.
Those who can't wait for the release of the impending album should know Lee is throwing caution to the wind with his set list these days, and one of his 'Mixtape' numbers just might creep in. "The set now is kind of interesting, because me and my collaborator, who's playing with me, we know about 60 songs," he says. "We're not really having a set list. Obviously I have to play a bunch of new songs and I have to play 'Catch My Disease.' Aside from that, all bets are off."