There have been some artists over the past decade who have done collaboration records, but none to the level of expertise and strength of Do It Again, the new LP by Norwegian producers/electronic artists Röyksopp and Swedish synthpop artist Robyn.
At first glance, the LP is only 5 songs, but is an astounding 35 minutes in length due to two songs (“Monument” and “Inside the Idle Hour Club”) each being almost 10 minutes long.
“Monument” has a strong pulsing beat throughout and a very ambient, breathy saxophone riff in the later half of the song. Robyn sings about making a monument of her and “representing a moment of my life”. The song may be talking about a statue, but it can also be viewed as the LP being a monument for electronica fans to witness a blend of Robyn and Röyksopp’s sounds, changing how each artist is viewed.
“Sayit” has a surprise guest vocalist performing with Robyn: a Speak and Spell. It is a very sexualized song, with the 1980’s toy saying “I Want You”, and “Pleasure Machine, Fuck Mechanic”. This song is very much reminiscent of Robyn’s more dancier songs and Röyksopp’s synthpop-influenced tracks.
The lead single from Do It Again, the title track, is very bass driven with fuzzy synths on top and Robyn belting out that she wants to resume a relationship that she knows is unhealthy and won’t work. For fans of “Dancing on My Own” will love this song and don’t be surprised to hear it being blasted from cars and clubs all summer long. Röyksopp do an amazing job at looping some of Robyn’s vocal samples and bringing her voice to the forefront without losing any of the complex synth lines during the bridge and last few choruses.
The tempo is kept up with the next track “Every Little Thing” which shows more of the influence the 1990’s dance and electronic scene in Scandinavia had on both artists. Robyn’s vocals are very similar to her first few albums from the late 90’s and the synthesizers mimic violins part way through, bringing more instrumentation to a trip-hop/house dance song.
The final song “Inside the Idle Hour Club” sounds more like it would be suited for a film soundtrack, such as Drive or Hanna. It starts with Robyn talking over an intercom for a building and entering the “Idle Hour Club”. It is ambient synth pop at its best; looping synthesizers, repeating melodies throughout the almost 10 minute long song and constantly growing in strength, with echoing vocal samples.
This is one of the best collaborations I have heard and will be looking forward to both artist’s next endeavours, be it together or separate.
Until next time,