A previously unheard Roxette song is set to be released this Friday (2 October).

The track, Let Your Heart Dance With Me, is one of the last recordings Roxette ever made, before singer Marie Fredriksson’s death last year.

The song was recorded for the band’s final studio album Good Karma in 2016 and is planned for inclusion on a rarities collection, Bag Of Trix, to be released later this year.

“I wanted to write a classic and simple ‘clap your hands and stomp your feet’ song,” says Roxette’s Per Gessle, “and Let Your Heart Dance With Me came out of it. I liked it already in the studio, but as usual we already had so many strong contenders that it had to wait for a second chance. And when the idea for this project came up, it was a given.”

Gessle gave the track to mixing maestro Ronny Lahti, who sprinkled some of his pop magic on the Roxette album Room Service back in 2001. Let Your Heart Dance With Me is, we’re promised, a song that radiates summer, sun and optimism, despite being recorded during a time when Fredriksson was on her final days with Roxette due to increasing health problems following her cancer treatment a decade earlier. 

“Just a couple of months before Good Karma was released, Marie’s doctors advised her to quit touring for good,” says Gessle. “We cancelled the summer tour and all future commitments. But even a studio recording was demanding for her. She wanted so much, but really had to fight to get it out. And she did. Marie was a real trooper to the very end.”

There’s a new video for Let Your Heart Dance With Me which will premiere on YouTube on Friday and Gessle will do a live Q&A with fans in connection with the video premiere at  16.30 CET.