Kylie Minogue has reclaimed her title of Princess of Pop. After making a quick detour in Nashville for last year’s Golden, the singer returns to her synth-pop roots on “New York City.” The promotional single for her upcoming greatest hits album, Step Back in Time: The Definitive Collection, the track — which was a demo from the Golden sessions before Minogue changed musical direction — attempts to encapsulate the magic that is the titular metropolis and how perfect budding love feels in the city. Set to a hyperactive soundscape of post-disco synthesizers and layered vocals, “New York City” follows the formula of what’s made the singer so absolute throughout her three-decade career, albeit to diminishing success.
The song opens with Minogue hopping a jet for the Big Apple, telling her partner she’s more than ready to reunite with them after however long they’ve been apart. When she gets to the chorus, the track explodes with the singer’s signature soprano and dance groove, basking in the joy she feels being with her lover in the city that never sleeps; it’s here she sings “I just love the feels with you,” a cringy line that feels written for someone thirty years her junior. Thankfully, it’s the only real misstep of the song, which she uses to name check other iconic cities around the world, including Tokyo and Paris. As “New York City” wraps up just beyond the three-minute mark, listeners will feel the same desire for the dancefloor that most quintessential Minogue tracks conjure, but it’s easy to see why this one-time demo was haphazardly tacked on to her umpteenth greatest hits collection.