RIYL: Italo-disco

Label: Fika Recordings

Sally Shapiro’s finished. It’s been a few years since Sally Shapiro released excellent album Somewhere Elsewhich happens to be one of my favorites from 2013. For those not aware, Sally Shapiro is a duo comprised of accomplished producer Johan Agebjörn and an anonymous woman, who just goes by the name Sally Shapiro. They splashed on to the scene with Disco Romance back in the mid 2000s and it’s been full speed ahead for them. The two met through work, I believe? I’m a bit rusty, but they were able to connect because of a shared love of italo-disco. They won’t be performing live any time soon due to “Sally’s” anxiety and to help retain her anonymity… and the fact that this is their last song. With that factoid in mind, I’ll present to you this link where you can get one of thirty signed copies of this 7″ – my reward to you for taking the time to read this. You’ll never see them in person to get it signed yourself, most likely, so why not? There’s no preview at press time, but they’ve stayed true to their italo-disco tinged pop thus far. Cheers!

Editor’s Note: This is the last release from Sally Shapiro, and it’s edited to show such. There’s no upcoming album :'(

The Details

The name “Sally Shapiro” refers to both the Swedish duo, consisting of the producer Johan Agebjörn and an anonymous singer, as well as the pseudonym of the singer herself. In December 2004 Johan discovered Shapiro’s gentle and beautiful voice while the two were singing Christmas carols together. Their first track, I'll Be By Your Side, was released as a 12" single on May 12th, 2006, on the Austrian label Diskokaine (run by DJ/producer Wolfram Eckert).

Sally Shapiro’s debut album, Disco Romance, was a nostalgic trip back to romantic italo disco of 1984. The album was revered by the press, nominated as “dance/electronic album of the year” at the U.S. Plug Awards and was given a spot in Pitchfork’s Top 50 albums of 2007. The tracks on the album were subsequently remixed by Lindstrøm, Tensnake, Junior Boys, CFCF, and Juan MacLean.

Sally Shapiro is known for her shyness: she does not reveal her real name, will not even let Johan into the studio when she sings, and has never performed her songs live. After a handful of DJ dates in 2008, she decided to never ever stand on stage again. However, the duo released two more studio albums, My Guilty Pleasure in 2009 and Somewhere Else in 2013.
Apart from a collaboration single with Tommy '86 - Why Did I Say Goodbye - and a few appearances on Johan's solo album Notes in 2015, Sally Shapiro has been silent since the last album. The new two-track single is scheduled for a release on the 10th anniversary of I'll Be By Your Side - May 12th.

The A-side, If You Ever Wanna Change Your Mind, was co-written by longtime collaborator Roger Gunnarsson and co-produced by Mitch Murder (Kung Fury OST). The B-side, Dangerous, is an acoustic interpretation of the David Guetta hit, with guitar played by Johan's cousin, Jonas Agebjörn.

The digital editions of the single come with two remixes by French synthwave artist Tommy '86 as well as UK nu-disco producer Ben Macklin.
releases May 12, 2016

Co-produced by Mitch Murder.
Mastered by Scott Craggs at Old Colony Mastering.
Photography by Torsten Feig.
Graphic design by Mathias Schuckert.

Price $7.32

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