The mini-album, Do It Again, by Röyksopp and Robyn is simultaneous a delight and a tease.
While some artists are tempted to release albums without the time constraints of vinyl or even a CD, this five-song collection is frustratingly short, coming in at around the 35 minute mark.
It is a tantalising taste of their Do It Again 2014 tour of Europe and North America, which kicks off in Spain on June 13.
The five tracks on Do It Again span the spectrum of dance music. It is as if Röyksopp and Robyn had decided to show the world that Scandinavian can do dance music better than anyone else.
From the undulating, understated 10 minute opener to the thumping rhythms of the title track to the chilled soundscape of Inside the Idle Hour Club, Röyksopp and Robyn display an uncanny ability to capture the zeitgeist of electropop.
Sometimes collaborations between artists that are stars in their own right can result in one overshadowing the over. Do It Again is unusual as it doesn’t sound like a Röyksopp album featuring Robyn. Or a Robyn album produced by Röyksopp.
The Norwegian electronic music duo have collaborated with the Swedish pop singer in the past. Röyksopp produced Robyn’s track, None of Dem, from her 2010 album, Body Talk. And Robyn lent her vocals to Röyksopp’s 2009 single, The Girl and the Robot.
Despite the range of styles, Do It Again is a cohesive collection of tracks. As Robyn said recently, “It started to feel more like a band thing than songs for a Röyksopp or Robyn album.”
The effect is a dance album that sounds at once familiar and new. If only there was more of it.