Singer Amy Winehouse
The search has begun to find an actress to play the late Amy Winehouse in a movie about her life. REUTERS

At least a dozen unheard tracks from Amy Winehouse could be released posthumously.

Amy Winehouse, who was discovered dead in her Camden home on July 23, had not released new material since 2006. However, she had been recording sporadically for the last couple of years.

The "Rehab" singer had the "framework" down of some dozen new songs, according to a spokesman close to the songwriter's label.

The spokesman said Amy "expressed an interest in getting back into the studio, and after some consultation everyone thought that would be a positive thing and a distraction from the other things she was dealing with."

When Winehouse was comfortable enough with a new track, she allowed Lucian Grainge, co-president of Island Darcus Beese and the Universal chief executive listen to it.

The tracks sound like "vintage Amy", he said.

However, any final decision to release a posthumous album would be discussed with Winehouse's parents, label, and management.