"Jump On Board" is one of the most distinctive debut singles of the year. Sydney's Betty Vale has combined elements from jazz, pop and urban music to create a sleek and immensely appealing anthem. "Jump On Board" was released with very little fanfare last week and is yet to dent the charts. The song is probably too subtle for radio. "Jump On Board" is more suited to late night listening with a glass of bourbon in one hand and a man in the other.
Betty herself remains something of mystery. According to her website, Betty provided vocals for the club hit "Stereo Flavas" and is currently recording her debut album. I find it slightly questionable that neither her website or myspace contain a single photo. Betty is a buxom beauty - as you can see from the fabulously cheap video - so her people need to stop hiding her away like she's Casey Donovan. At least the cover art is fabulous. The cartoon looks like something from a sailor's tattoo! I love the Tommy Trash remix, which artfully transforms "Jump On Board" into a shiny slice of dance filth. Kudos!
You can purchase Betty's anthem from Chaos and iTunes. Check out her Myspace, website and the "Jump On Board" video clip.