Wednesday, 21 May 2014

ROYKSOPP & ROBYN - EP REVIEW

Royksopp & Robyn - Do It Again 
Royksopp & Robyn - Do It Again

Technically I think this is supposed to be a mini-album but at only five tracks long I'm making a stand for common sense and labelling this an EP review, at most. Whatever you call it, this collection is the sum of a collaboration between Scandinavian pop giants Royksopp and  Robyn and it starts with the mellow but simultaneously epic nearly 10 minutes of 'Monument'. It's beautifully relaxed stuff that is prime for some beach time but there's a bit of ill advised sax work at the end that kind of spoils it. But no matter, we move on and find 'Sayit' which is more up-tempo and lively with a trance vibe, some utterly sleazy synth melodies and Robyn apparently getting it on with a robot. And then, right in the middle, comes the recent single 'Do It Again' which still sounds like a huge, crowd pleasing dance anthem that even the snobbiest of music critics would be unable to resist.

'Every Little Thing' starts like Groovejet's 'Spiller' before morphing gently in to a blend of A-ha and Roxette as produced by the Human League with a dark overtone to the song although it never quite gets going in the way you might hope. The EP finishes up with 'Inside The Idle Hour' which is the most Royksopp-esque tune on here as melodies swoop like a group of swallows in a green valley at sunset. 'Do It Again' is clearly the stand out track here but as collaborations between superstars go this is pretty cool stuff. Plenty of live dates to get your teeth in to as well so strap on your dancing shoes and get out there.

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Live Dates:

13th June - Sonar Festival, Spain
14th June - Northside Festival, Denmark
26th June - Marymoor Park, Seattle
28th June - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco
29th June - Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles
18th July - Melt Festival, Germany
19th July - Latitude Festival, UK
8th August - Oya Festival, Norway
9th August - Way Out West, Sweden
15th August - Pukkelpop, Belgium
20th August - Pier 97, New York
21st August - Wolftrap, Washington DC

22nd August - HB Pavilion, Boston

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