Here's a throwback that's not actually a throwback (would that make it a fauxback?): it's Midnight Boy with "Don't Say No", the song he competed with in this year's Melodifestivalen.
Although it's brand new, this sound of this track, which was co-written with Olle Blomström and Melody Club singer Kristofer Östergren, is pure 1980s - the music is reminiscent of Dead or Alive's "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" or a recently unearthed Stock Aitken Waterman production. Nonetheless, beneath the 1980s-style production is an infectious pop song that captures your attention from start to finish.
This was one of my picks for the final, but unfortunately, "Don't Say No" finished in last place in its qualifying round on Saturday, ending its run in the contest. There is an upside, however: it's climbed all the way to #5 on the iTunes chart in Sweden as of this post, ahead of many of the other songs that progressed. Unlike in past years, it seems like the songs performed first in their qualifying rounds have had an uphill battle this year due to their placement - maybe due to the way voting on the new app works? - but I digress.
"Don't Say No" is now available to download from iTunes. Be sure to also check out Midnight Boy's artist page on iTunes where you'll find his previous two singles, which are also very good. Hopefully an album is in the works soon!