SoulCuts is in love with Tokyo Dawn Records at the minute. Following our adoration of their latest compilation, The Boogie, comes Amalia’s debut album, Art Slave, produced by Swedish Funk-God, Opolopo. We’ve only had a quick listen, but can categorically state that fans of future funk will lap up this Chaka Khan Live from the Epcot Centre 2041 styled album.
Opolopo’s unique, resolutely current, production combines with Amalia’s never less than exemplary vocals to create a funk album that stimulates both body and mind. The press release describes the sound as sonically and musically inspired by New Jack Swing, but I think that somewhat discredits Opolopo’s fresh production style which filters hip-hop, soul, funk, new-jack and myriad other influences to create an individual sound almost approaching its own genre. As with other work on Tokyo Dawn, Art Slave is not necessarily an album for the old soul connoisseur. But, for those open-minded folks with a penchant for funk, Amalia’s debut album sounds like it will be one of 2011s finest.
We’ll be reviewing the album later this month after some quality listening time. In the meantime, you can listen to the album and buy a pre-release download over at www.tokyodawn.net, prior to the physical release in March.