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Swedish-Canadian Soul Singer Amalia Brings Back New Jack Swing

Let’s boogie.

Now that's a hat. Image credit: Tokyo Dawn

We recently told you about Tokyo Dawn’s compilation The Boogie, an album reviving the dead sound of cheesy 80s R&B in the tastiest way. The same label is about to drop a record from Amalia, a Swedish soul-stress embracing every cowbell, sawtooth, and laser “peow peow.” The style, known as New Jack Swing, is making a comeback thanks to a resurgence in demand for kitsch-everything. This will go perfect with a pair of leg warmers and a teased out spiral perm.

But it’s not all pure 80s throwback funk. The album, The Art Slave, takes cues from electro, glitch, and hip hop, featuring some rhymes here and there. Sweden’s Opolopo hand crafted the production for Amalia’s album. His knack for New Jack Swing found him collaborating with soul singers Erik Riko and Dudley Perkins in the past. Having worked with Amalia plenty before, the two reach the peak of their synergy on The Art Slave.

Hear samples from the album below. The Art Slave is out March 4th on Tokyo Dawn.

By the way, if anyone knows where to get the record helmet she’s wearing on the cover, please fill us in. We’re positive everyone will be wearing these soon and want to get a jump on it.

Samples from The Art Slave

http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Fplaylists%2F567149 AMALIA – Artslave by opolopo


Written by M

February 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm

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