Collabo Alert: Robyn and Royksopp Do It Again

The Scandinavian music heavyweights are back together and better than ever

Inspired by their previous collaborations on the unrequited-love song “The Girl and the Robot” and dancehall-inspired “None of Dem,” Robyn and Röyksopp (made up of Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland) decided to create Do It Again, a five-track EP—available now on Arts & Crafts—that, according to its press release, “doesn’t sound like Röyksopp featuring Robyn or Robyn produced by Röyksopp.” Existing fans will find familiar ground: lovers of Robyn will adore the title track banger, while Röyksopp aficionados will be carried off on comforting synth waves during the closer, “Inside the Idle Hour Club.”

Opening with the haunting “Monument” (my favourite—take a listen below), a nearly 10-minute opus that leads with cool synths, eventually warming to a jazzy end. “Say It” brings the club to the classroom, with a glitchy Speak & Spell repeating the words of a sultry teacher, the beat building with the robot’s growing vocabulary. Stripped-back “Every Little Thing” lets Robyn’s heartbreaking vocals take centre stage, especially when she sings the line “Baby, why you falter, when you know I’m waiting here.”

Not content to simply release the EP, the trio have announced an accompanying tour, which promises both combined and solo sets. It kicks off on June 13 in Barcelona and ends with their sole Canadian appearance on August 25 in Toronto.

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