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The Spiller star has also been working with Blur's Alex James and Gregg Alexander, formerly the New Radicals' frontman...

SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR has collaborated with MOBY on her debut solo album, NME.COM can exclusively reveal.

Ellis-Bextor travelled to New York to record five songs with Moby, who has recently turned down offers to collaborate with Madonna and New Order. The DJ/producer jumped at the chance to work with Ellis-Bextor, because he was a fan of 'Groovejet', which was a massive worldwide hit last year, as previously reported on NME.COM.

The former singer of theaudience has also recorded songs with Blur's Alex James and Gregg Alexander, formerly the New Radicals' frontman. Damian Le Gassick, who has previously worked with Madonna, has also been recruited for programming and keyboard duties.

Ellis-Bextor has completed 15 songs for her album, with the first single scheduled for a June release through Polydor. She is currently looking for a producer and NME.COM understands she is keen to recruit Tore Johansson, who produced The Cardigans' 'Gran Turismo'.

The first single is expected to be 'Take Me Home', while 'Murder On The Dancefloor', written with Gregg Alexander, is tipped to be a future single. Other confirmed song titles include 'Lover', 'Leave The Others Alone' and 'Universe Is You'.

Ellis-Bextor also plans to put a band together to tour the album later this year.

For more on this story, see this week's NME (March 24), in shops in London today (March 20) and throughout the UK from tomorrow (March 21).

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