The holiday season is in full swing and everywhere you go you’re admonished to roast chestnuts on an open fire, rock some jingle bells, admire the winter wonderland, and have yourself a merry little Christmas. As soon as Black Friday came around (and we’re being generous since the economic downturn dictated that this year the Christmas season needed to start immediately after Halloween) every store, public space, and street-corner Santa started blaring holiday music. What’s annoying about Christmas music is that playlists, from radio to retail, tend to be so tightly controlled that you only hear the same handful of classics over and over. As an alternative, we at Flavorpill would like to offer up some of the best overlooked Christmas songs. … Read More
With their new album, Swedish duo Sally Shapiro find the sweet spot between ’80s Italo disco and Europop.
While Sally Shapiro’s singer (who also goes by the name “Sally Shapiro”) remains anonymous, it’s easy to recognize her crystalline vocals across new album My Guilty Pleasure. They’re still the centerpiece, though producer Johan Agebjörn indulges in more complex synth arrangements and faster rhythms for their sophomore LP. The result is as romantic as past efforts, but with an added sense of urgency. … Read More
As one of the sweetest voices on the Italio-disco scene, Sally Shapiro is also one of the most enigmatic. “Sally Shapiro” began as the project of Swedish producer Johan Agebjörn, who was inspired by ethereal voice of his co-worker. Agebjörn convinced her to record with him, and in 2006 the two released a single, “I’ll Be By Your Side,” under the pseudonym Sally Shapiro. The track was an instant hit with Italio-disco and indiepop alike. In 2007 Sally Shapiro followed it with an album, Disco Romance, quickly earning Sally Shapiro’s introverted singer the title of “disco princess” from places like The Guardian UK and… Read More
Are your ears suffering from a case of acute boredom? Are you ailing from a dreary commute made only that much drearier by the same tired tunes? Flavorpill’s got the answer, a brand new round-up of the best new music from our weekly Viva Radio program. Click through for downloads from our last radio playlist and be sure to check back and listen to the show itself — we update every week. … Read More