Let’s not act overly-surprised here but the two newly leaked tracks from the upcoming collaborative Royksopp and Robyn project that I’ve added right at the bottom of this sprawling, overlong post are pretty damned amazing, aren’t they?
I say, “let’s not act overly-surprised” because surely we’ve all been astounded by the brilliance of Sweden’s Robyn Carlsson before? Whether it be for her impressive quota of heartbreak music to dance and weep to – see Call Your Girlfriend, Show Me Love, With Every Heartbeat, Dancing On My Own, Be Mine) – or those incredible body movements that she puts about out when she finds herself on a stage, we all love Robyn, right?
Similarly, haven’t we all, to a lesser commercial extent perhaps, admired the electronic ambience of Röyksopp’s back catalogue? This may be a tougher one to call as they tend to stay behind the machines, but if you’ve not heard their relatively recent Susanne Sundfør collab Running To The Sea, you’re neglecting something that is sheer audio magic. Their 2001 debut full length set Melody A.M also requires immediate attention.
And together? What happens when they unite to create heartbreaking, ambient, electropop? Well, this happened, didn’t it? Have you ever cared more for a girl and her robot?
So, as you can imagine, the news of their forthcoming full length ‘mini album’ Do It Again and its accompanying tour was quite rightly greeted with unmuted euphoria from pop fans across the globe, and last Monday a surprise 90 second teaser of the collection’s opening track Monument (out 28 April) added a further layer of rapture to the growing levels of anticipation.
Robyn said: “I’ve been going back and forth to Bergen to record and write with the Röyksopp boys up until recently. It started to feel more like a band thing than songs for a Röyksopp or Robyn album so we´re releasing this music together as a band you could say”.
Röyksopp said: “This doesn’t sound like Röyksopp featuring Robyn or Robyn produced by Röyksopp, it’s just something else entirely, the word ‘collaboration’ has never before been more justified in the world of music!“
So back to the leaks. We have two here; the EP’s title track which is just INCREDIBLE (not a lie) and another called Every Little Thing which is more understated but still beautiful. Incredible and beautiful, and written in order of my own personal preference but when pop music arrives of the back of high expectations and is this perfect, you can’t really give an unbiased opinion, can you?
So just listen. Sadly, after a strict email did the rounds also ending up in my inbox, both tracks have now been removed from streaming sites, which hardly seems fair, does it? However you can listen to another new track called Sayit below and catch Do It Again and Every Little Thing over here.
Or indeed there will be plenty of time once the full collection receives its official unveiling on 26 May (preorder here).