Enigmatic Swedish Italo-disco starlet Sally Shapiro returns with the final instalment of remixes from her My Guilty Pleasure album. Out on Permanent Vacation, this EP contains nine tracks and features some of the best producers that the neo pop and disco scene has to offer.
My Guilty Pleasure, Shapiro’s second album, received both critical and commercial acclaim when it was released in August last year. Based around 80s disco, the record also took in influence from jazz, pop, acid and ambient beats. Now, just like she did with her debut album Disco Romance, she unleashes an EP of remixes of the album tracks.
Steve Moore of US band Zombi opens the package under his Lovelock moniker, giving “Save Your Love” his shiny 80s glitz treatment before relative newcomers FM Attack and CFCF take on “Looking At the Stars” and “Love in July” respectively. Bogdan Irkük then turns in a vocoder version of “Miracles” and Italian disco mover Bottin chips in with a chord heavy interpretation of “My Fantasy”. Synth pop stars the Junior Boys are up next with one of the highlights of the EP. Turning “Jackie Jackie” into a shimmering but dark club track, the boys find the original a new lease of life. Permanent Vacation own boy Bostro Pesopeo hands over a solemn remix of “Love in July” and Boat Club slow it down for an epic sounding “Swimming Through the Blue Lagoon”, before Low Motion Disco close off the EP with their Balearic influenced remix of “Let It Show”.
What we get here is a collection of nu disco’s most accomplished producers doing a fine job of reworking Shapiro’s tracks to complement the original album. They have all brought their own ideas and own sound to the tracks but still managed to maintain Shapiro and her collaborator Johan Agebjörn’s marriage of homely, introspective melody and gleaming electronic production.
Review: Tom Jones