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SHINee tries 90s new jack swing in new LP

All Headlines 19:15 October 04, 2016

By Chung Joo-won, Lee Yu-jeong

SEOUL, Oct. 4 (Yonhap) -- South Korean boy group SHINee on Tuesday launched a retro mix of 90s new jack swing and dance-pop genres in the title song of its fifth and latest LP.

The five-member act staged two songs, "1 of 1" and "Prism," in the media showcase held in southeastern Seoul.

From L: SHINee members Onew, Taemin, Jonghyun, Minho and Key pose at the media showcase of its fifth and latest full-length album "1 of 1" in southeastern Seoul on Oct. 4, 2016. (Yonhap)

The title song "1 of 1," composed by Mike Daley, Mitchell Owens, Michael Jiminez, Tay Jasper and MZMC, spices up SHINee's trademark K-pop dance genre with a touch of 90s new jack swing. The term "new jack swing" comes from the hip-hop "swing" beats of drum machines mixed with hardware samplers and R&B vocal techniques. The genre's heyday stretches back to the 1980-1990 period.

"Pulling out the oldies may be dangerous (to attempt), but we thought we could give it a try and coat it with SHINee's signature style," said SHINee's Jonghyun.

Daley, Owens and Jiminez sent a video recording of their explanation of the songwriting process of "1 of 1." The songwriter trio focused on bringing "a retro song with a modern feel," backed with powerful drum beats and the "old-school, feel-good kind of R&B sound with a catch melody." The composers did not want the song to sound like "a fake version of an old song."

Regarding the choreography of the new song, SHINee members said they tried to make the moves easier this time, so that SHINee's fans can more easily copy them.

SHINee members Key (L) and Minho perform at the media showcase of its fifth and latest full-length album "1 of 1" in southeastern Seoul on Oct. 4, 2016. (Yonhap)

SHINee's fifth LP comes 16 months after its fourth, "Odd." World-class producers, including the Underdogs, Stereotypes and London Noise, and songwriters Kenzie and Deez participated in the album.

The nine-song album also includes "Prism," "U Need Me," "Don't Stop," "Shift" and "So Amazing." Of the nine songs, Jonghyun composed "Prism" with six other composers.

The boy group showed high expectations for the album's special track "So Amazing," another mix of new jack swing and mid-tempo retro pop. SHINee's Onew wrote the song's lyrics, which compares SHINee's happy moments of meeting its fans in concerts to a happy drive along the coast with a lover.

"I hope you will stick to the belief that 'SHINee's songs are always right,'" said Sooyoung of K-pop girl group Girls' Generation, who emceed the event.

SHINee's album will be released on Tuesday at midnight.

SHINee member Jonghyun attends the media showcase of its fifth and latest full-length album "1 of 1" in southeastern Seoul on Oct. 4, 2016. (Yonhap)

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