Robyn & Röyksopp have just released their collaborative mini-album Do It Again, which stands at the forefront of an impending combined tour. The alluring union between the Swedish pop princess and the Norwegian synth gods, creates enchanting, electronic, pop-synth babies which were first encountered when Robyn collaborated with Röyksopp on their 2009 hit, ‘The Girl and the Robot.’
Despite obvious expectations in light of their new venture, the trio have not disappointed. ‘Monument’ opens the record in a dream like haze, as Robyn’s smooth vocals ring pure against Röyksopp’s perverted electronic synths. They draw you down their rabbit hole until you find yourself in a smoky backroom with soft jazz emanating from the shadows…nine-minutes in, and this is just the first track!
The journey unfolds with hammering drums and robotic statements “I want you” in ‘Sayit,’ before throwing us into the title track ‘Do It Again.’ As the pinnacle of the album, it’s no surprise that the boisterous beat and sassy pop chorus make for a successful release, and a definite highlight.
Every good record should have some form of pop-ballad, paving the way for ‘Every Little Thing,’ which adds a touch of melancholic drama to the work. It is also an accurate display of how comfortable the two artists are working together when combining production and vocal melody, the result is seamless. Finally ‘Inside the Idle Hour Club’ gently returns you to that smoky back room where it all began, and you are left a little unsure of what just happened, but certain it was good none the less.
So is this the best of Robyn, or the best of Röyksopp? It is in fact neither, but rest assured that it is the best of Robyn & Röyksopp which is just as satisfying. One can only hope that the illustrious trio will not wait so long before they “do it again”……
Röyksopp & Robyn‘s Do It Again is available everywhere, right now.