Röyksopp have released their disco-inspired video for latest single ‘Never Ever’ featuring Susanne Sundfør. ‘Never Ever’ was released on 9th September and entered the Spotify Viral Chart Top 50 at Number 28 with over 2 million plays and 70,000 streams on Apple Music.
According to the duo, the video for the track is set in “a disco-esque alternative universe”:
“We have, in the past, tended to go for a bit of a sombre sentiment in our videos, pristine imagery with a hint of darkness,” says Svein. “But we wanted to turn that around this time, and make something raw, shabby and messy but predominantly light-hearted. At the core lies a reaction to the current paradigme of selfies & social media, where a flattering facade, overshadowing substance seems to be not only the accepted norm, but something to strive for. There are way too many artists that fuel this notion that one has to be both rich, delinquent, successful & sexy, all at the same time. We thought it refreshing to counter that and hence we´ve gone off on a different tangent for this video. It’s not completely unflattering, but it’s quite unflattering.”
‘Never Ever’ is the duo’s first single since they released their final album ‘The Inevitable End’ in 2014. Röyksopp have released 6 full-length studio LPs, all of which were UK Top 40 albums. After the release of ‘The Inevitable End’, the duo then pledged that it would be their final full-length record, thus completing their six album cycle. They also promised they would return with new music in other forms as and when time was right.
2016 marks the 15th anniversary of their classic debut ‘Melody AM’ that cemented Röyksopp as one of electronic music’s leading lights. Since then they have gained worldwide acclaim and success with two Grammy nominations, a Brit nomination and winning seven Spellemannprisen Awards. But the duo aren’t planning on looking back just yet. This is the inevitable new beginning.
Röyksopp will play a DJ gig at London’s Bankside Vaults on Friday 25th November.
Röyksopp make their triumphant return to Astralwerks nearly 15 years after the label released the duo’s seminal debut album, Melody A.M. Today, Astralwerks released Röyksopp’s unabashedly club-readynew single,”Never Ever.” Influenced by late-period disco and ’80s electronic pop, the track features critically acclaimed Norwegian vocalist Susanne Sundfør, who also appeared on two tracks from The Inevitable End and on Röyksopp’s cover of Depeche Mode’s “Ice Machine” from the duo’s Late Night Tales compilation album. “Never Ever” can be downloaded HERE and streamed on Spotify and YouTube.
When the Norwegian duo – comprising Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland -released The Inevitable End in 2014, they announced that it would be their final full-length album, but pledged to return with new music in other forms. “Never Ever” makes good on that promise. “The whole idea of us going away from the whole album concept was that we do have many musical expressions that we want to do,” says Torbjørn Brundtland. “One of them might be a club track, but we don’t necessarily want to do an album of it. It’s that way with ‘Never Ever’ – we love it, but we don’t need 12 tracks like it.”
Releasing themselves from the album cycle has freed Röyksopp up to explore new ideas and opportunities, such as their track for Rick Rubin’s Star Wars Headspace album, which challenged musicians to make songs using sounds from the Star Wars universe. One idea they’re working on is for a series of tracks that explores a counterpoint to the super-clean sound of modern electronic music. “I think we would like to further our exploration into the analog world, like the early years of electronic music, where synths and drum machines would be used in combination with more traditional acoustic and analog instruments. Like we’ve done in that past, but take it even further,” says Svein Berge.
Melody A.M. topped the Norwegian Albums chart and the U.K. Independent Albums chart after its release in 2001. Widely licensed, it established the duo as one of dance music’s leading lights. Since then, they have gained worldwide acclaim and been recognized with seven Spellemannprisen Awards in Norway plus two GRAMMY® nominations and a Brit nomination. Röyksopp continues to win praise for their visually compelling headline DJ and live sets – including a sold-out, 2014 co-headlining show with Robyn at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
The video depicts a couple in love, separated after an argument. The girl is trapped in her car, witnessing apocalyptic scenarios unfold. We question if they ever are to be re-united as the world comes crashing down. Her love is the only person she wants to be with, but it’s too late. He texts her “I never meant to let you go…”.
The battle between reason and desire is a theme that runs throughout ‘The Inevitable End’ and ‘I Had This Thing’ sums it up perfectly. Röyksopp delicately utilizes the deliriously sad vocals sung by Jamie Irrepressible. Lyrics like “I still don’t know just what I’ve done”, and the mantra of “I never meant to let you go”, are weaved into exquisite harmonies over a dirty, pulsing bass.
Following the success of the Maceo Plex remix of ‘Sordid Affair’ that was #1 on Hype Machine, Röyksopp present an impressive line up of remixes for ‘I Had This Thing’: Joris Voorn, whose recent album ‘Nobody Knows’ was named Billboard’s Electronic Album of the Year, dark disco Norwegian Andre Bratten, hot production trio Kraak & Smaak, will.i.am collaborator Wolfgang Gartner, as well as The Presets, Sebastien and Röyksopp’s vocalist on ‘Sordid Affair’, Man Without Country. The Joris Voorn remix has already created an early buzz with over 186k Soundcloud plays and The Guardian highlighting it in their top 10 big tunes from the Miami music conference.
Röyksopp ended 2014 with a string of international Grammy nominations having released two critically acclaimed albums in one year; their fifth and final album ‘The Inevitable End’ and their mini album with fellow Scandinavian legend Robyn ‘Do It Again’.
Röyksopp will release new single ‘I Had This Thing’, taken from ‘The Inevitable End’ on April 3rd 2015, through Dog Triumph via Wall Of Sound and Cooking Vinyl.
The battle between reason and desire is a theme that runs throughout ‘The Inevitable End’ and ‘I Had This Thing’ sums it up perfectly. Röyksopp delicately weave the deliriously sad vocals sung by Jamie Irrepressible, “I still don’t know just what I’ve done” and the emotional final mantra of “I never meant to let you go”, around a cavalcade of electronic textures that descends around him. ‘I Had This Thing’ is another fully realised electronic symphony from a pair of production geniuses constantly looking to innovate.
Following the success of the Maceo Plex remix of ‘Sordid Affair’ that was #1 on Hype Machine, Röyksopp present an impressive line up of remixers for ‘I Had This Thing’. Artists include Dutch born Joris Voorn (stream here) whose recent album ‘Nobody Knows’ was named Billboard’s Electronic Album of the Year, dark disco Norwegian Andre Bratten, production trio Kraak & Smaak, Will.i.am collaborator Wolfgang Gartner (stream here), as well as The Presets, Sebastien and Röyksopp vocalist on ‘Sordid Affair’, Man Without Country.
Stream the original version and the Andre Bratten remix of “I Had This Thing” below.
As Röyksopp say: “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… 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… We feel like this is a goodbye to the traditional album format. In our consecutive run of albums, we have been able to say what we want to say and do what we want to do with the LP. We’re not going to stop making music, but the album format as such, this is the last thing from us.” (spotify link)
Röyksopp reveal new video for “Skulls” and Maceo Plex’s remix of “Sordid Affair”. The band released critically acclaimed new album ‘The Inevitable End’ on November 10th 2014 and entered the UK album charts at number 29 and Electronic iTunes Chart at number 1.
‘Skulls’ was the first track taken from the album, a song that comes with an invitation and a stark warning, set amongst squelchy bass lines and filtered synths. Röyksopp and long time collaborator Norwegian director Stian Andersen have made a haunting black and white film to accompany the song.
“The Skulls video was shot deep inside the woods of Northern Norway. We filmed in this amazing old house which belongs to 83 year old Adolf who also stars in the music video.” (Stian Andersen)
‘The Inevitable End’ is Röyksopp’s 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 LP features Jamie Irrepressible, Norwegian singer songwriter Susanne Sundfør and Robyn.
Stream Maceo Plex’s remix of “Sordid Affair” below.
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.”