Swedish house maestro Mr. Tophat and pop phenomenon Robyn have come together for “Trust Me,” a sleek three track EP of dark disco and luscious grooves, featuring contributions from Abba’s original drummer, Per Lindvall, and his brother, bassist David Lindvall. With each track going well beyond the nine-minute mark, “Trust Me” is the artistic culmination of two artists joining together in the studio and putting pure inspiration to tape, resulting in some of the loosest and most intriguing music either has made in their careers. Although Robyn and Mr. Tophat have known each other personally for nearly a decade, the first time they professionally crossed paths was last year, when the latter contributed a few remixes of material from Robyn’s “Love Is Free” EP with La Bagatelle Magique.
Mr. Tophat feat. Robyn’s “Trust Me” EP is out January 13th via Smalltown Supersound and available for pre-order now. After sharing the EP’s title track, the duo now presents “Right Time,” which shuffles and slithers with a jet- black slickness as Robyn toasts and intones over the rhythms.
Listen to Mr. Tophat feat. Robyn’s “Right Time”:
Here’s the official video for Kindness‘ collaboration with Robyn on “Who Do You Love”, one of the highlights of Kindness’ Otherness LP.
“Who Do You Love is a song about people and connection, and how you can identify who you are by those you love. Those people say a hell of a lot about you. Robyn and I were very happy to make this video with a long term collaborator of mine, Daniel Brereton, whose idea was a series of portraits of our closest friends and family – in a way, the most revealing portraits of us possible. None of these folks were ‘cast’ – we were just lucky to have them around us on the day and in the right cities!
It’s possible that we’ll always be more emotionally susceptible to these images – these are our closest friends and loved ones after all – but there’s something about seeing all these people together, all these people that would do this for us – it makes the song make a little more sense, and a little more powerful for us. I hope you’ll feel some of what we feel when we look at these faces. Thanks to all of those friends, family and collaborators that made it possible.”
Already being hailed as their best album yet, Röyksopp released ‘The Inevitable End’ on November 10th 2014, followed by first single ’Sordid Affair’ on November 24th. ‘The Inevitable End’ is their final and most personal album to date, and their second in the space of 6 months, following the critically acclaimed mini album and sell out tour ‘Do It Again’ with fellow Scandinavian legend Robyn. The album features Jamie Irrepressible, Norwegian singer songwriter Susanne Sundfør and Robyn.
The band has now shared the Marcus Marr (DFA Records) remix of “Monument Dance” featuring Robyn. Check it out below. Röyksopp will also play London DJ show on November 19th 2014.
Röyksopp announce their first single ‘Sordid Affair’ featuring Man Without Country available now, through their own Dog Triumph via Wall Of Sound and Cooking Vinyl. ‘Sordid Affair’ is taken from their fifth and final album ‘The Inevitable End’ released on November 10th 2014.
‘Sordid Affair’ is a sophisticated and delicate song which Ryan James from Man Without Country sings throughout with heartbreaking intensity. Röyksopp explain ‘Sordid Affair’ as “A recollection and contemplation of the emotional aspects of the endeavours as described in the track title. The difficulties of letting go of emotional attachments – even those of a questionable nature.” Liste here.
‘The Inevitable End’, is electronic music overlords Röyksopp’s most personal album to date and their second album release in the space of 6 months, following the critically acclaimed mini album and sell out tour ‘Do It Again’ with fellow Scandinavian legend Robyn. The album also features Jamie Irrepressible and Norwegian singer songwriter Susanne Sundfør.
“With ‘The Inevitable End’ we’ve moved into a darker subject matter, with emphasis on the lyrical content. This candid approach feels very both personal, sincere and conclusive.” says Svein, “With this album it became clear we wanted to make an album in a classical sense even if it’s the last one we make,” adds Torbjørn.
Röyksopp have revealed the first track on their album ’Skulls’ here and the collaboration track with Robyn ‘Monument’ (T.I.E version):
Read Röyksopp on ‘The Inevitable End’: http://royksopp.com/2014/09/goodbye-traditional-album-format/
The Inevitable End’ tracklisting:
2) Monument feat. Robyn (T.I.E. Version)
3) Sordid Affair (Ryan James, Man Without Country)
4) You Know I Have To Go (Jamie McDermott, The Irrepressibles)
5) Save Me (Susanne Sundfør)
6) I Had This Thing (Jamie McDermott, The Irrepressibles)
7) Rong (Robyn)
8) Here She Comes Again (Jamie McDermott, The Irrepressibles)
9) Running To The Sea (Susanne Sundfør)
10) Compulsion (Jamie McDermott, The Irrepressibles)
11) Coup de Grace
12) Thank You
Here’s Mark E’s contemplative-but-machinistic remix of Röyksopp & Robyn hit single, Monument. The Ghostly International house producer stretches the track into a breathy eight-minute minimalist opus and it has a certain hypnotic quality that might just have you pressing repeat. Below, you can also watch the official video for the original track, which is taken from the critically acclaimed Do It Again mini-album out now on Cherrytree Records/Interscope. “Monument” remixes from Kindness and Mark E are be available now.
The video for ‘Do It Again’ was shot in Mexico by award-winning Danish filmmaker Martin de Thurah. The short film is called ‘Our Hearts’ Desires’ and is set in an unspecified era where a revolution is in the making. It tells the story of desire, ecstasy and forbidden love. Says de Thurah, “‘Do It Again’ feels like it’s an unstoppable pop mantra of something out of hand. A spiralling hypnotic maelstrom. The video touches our hearts’ desires: deep passions; revolutions full of hope and excitement; a dream of freedom; obsession; the ecstasy and escapism; the darkness. And it ends in a mix of violence and laughter, freedom and the loss of free will. All of this somehow ends on a note of hope through struggle. Something worth fighting for. Do it again.” Read more about the collaboration between Martin de Thurah, Röyksopp & Robyn on Dazed Digital.
Svein Berge from Röyksopp adds “I feel that the video in a clever way manages to emphasize one of the main themes of the song – doing something that might be considered morally wrong, and yet going through with it, fully aware of the consequences and potential repercussions. Some of these actions are driven by choice – others by necessity.” Robyn concurs, saying, “I’m pleased that, for me, the video stirs up a feeling of chaos which is what we talked about quite a bit when we wrote ‘Do It Again.’ Life takes you to a critical point and even though it might not make you happy, when it´s over, you want to go back.” Adds Röyksopp’s Torbjørn Brundtland, “Being there on these locations, the crew, the actors and the locals made it an unforgettable experience. Oh, and yes, in a good way, I might add.”
Last month, Neneh Cherry released her first album of new solo music since 1996’s ‘Man’ – a record recorded and mixed in 5 days by Four Tet played live with RocketNumberNine. This bold comeback was hailed as a creative reinvention and a jolting reminder of Neneh’s counter-cultural origins.
Now today on Noisey – she is revealing the first video supporting the album for lead single ‘Out Of The Black’ featuring fellow icon of Swedish pop Robyn. Both artists have been vocal about inspiring each other, with Robyn covering Neneh songs in her live shows. Hearing them harmonise and throw lines back and forth will be a dream come true for some music fans.
The video was created by artist Dario Vigorito a.k.a. 241-24-7 and features dissonant cut n’ paste imagery used to unsettling effect. With its ‘no compromise’ style, it stands in the lineage of great Neneh videos like ‘Buffalo Stance’ or ‘Manchild’.
But you need only check the history of Neneh putting a subversive foot forward and letting popular music catch up to work out the trajectory here. Growing up around Dad Don’s friends Miles Davis and Allen Ginsberg, she launched her solo career with a Falkland’s protest song called ‘Stop The War’. In the early 80 she was in the pioneering multi-ethnic anarchic post-punk group Rip, Rig + Panic, she brought hip-hop culture to a British audience with ‘Buffalo Stance’(redefining cool by performing pregnant on TOTPs) and had the first mammoth global hit to feature the Senegalese language Wolof with ‘7 Seconds’.
Now Neneh is emerging out of the black after 18 years with a vital blast of buzzing bold creativity.
Produced by Four Tet, with the minimal synth and drum work of RocketNumberNine under-pinning the sweet vocal work, ‘Out Of The Black’ is like nothing you’ve heard before from these pop iconoclasts. With the single version having been remixed and re-edited by dance floor maven of the era Joe Goddard (Hot Chip, 2Bears), Neneh is emerging out of the black with another vital blast of buzzing bold music. Out on March 31 via SmallTown Supersound.