Rating: NNNN The Girl And The Robot from Norwegian electro duo Royksopp's Junior album and None Of Dem from Swedish pop.
The Girl And The Robot from Norwegian electro duo Royksopp’s Junior album and None Of Dem from Swedish pop star Robyn’s Body Talk Pt. 1 were both excellent collaborations, the former an outstanding synth-pop gem that belongs with Dancing On My Own and Call Your Girlfriend on the short list of all-time great Robyn songs that make women feel understood.
So this debut joint EP from the Scandinavian power dance team is giddily anticipated. The 35-minute project is bookended by 10-minute jams that flaunt Royksopp’s deft orchestration. On dramatic opener Monument, Robyn is regal and deliberate over a simple electronic bass line, until a muffled jazz saxophone creeps in unexpectedly midway through. The closer, on the other hand, is a Robyn-less, almost eerie ambient soundscape that calls to mind recent Boards of Canada.
But it’s the middle songs that are most immediately enjoyable. On Sayit, Robyn trades lines with a computer over a glitchy techno beat. Lead single Do It Again provides the ultra-catchy, sexually charged dance-floor track we’ve come to expect from the singer, and Every Little Thing is a melancholy slower burner that earns a spot on the aforementioned short list.
Top track: Do It Again
Royksopp & Robyn play Echo Beach August 25.