EP Review Röyksopp & Robyn - Do It Again

Röyksopp & Robyn - Do It Again

A riot of compulsive, flawlessly-produced, and beautifully impassioned music.

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The term ‘mini album’ does sound a bit pretentious. But then, ‘Do It Again’ comes from Röyksopp and Robyn, Scandi pop pioneers who each have a history of making landscape-changing music.

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However you classify ‘Do It Again’, listening to it feels like landing in a desert, walking 1000 miles and suddenly arriving at a festival organised by robots addicted to Game of Thrones. And, if that sounds too epic, well tough; because album-opener ‘Monument’ is a nine-minute-long statement piece, literally asking you to “make a space” for what’s about to come. It’s needed, though, because what follows is a riot of compulsive, flawlessly-produced, and beautifully impassioned music.

From the hypnotic robot sounds of ‘Say It’, to the sleepy, almost leisurely ‘Inside The Idle Hour Club’, ‘Do It Again’ really is an electronic five-a-day. Even if the bouncy insta-pop of the title track feels almost too populist as an isolated single, the deftness of production across the album refuses to be ignored. What’s more, Robyn is a vocalist who drives home every word in a way that is still refreshing.

So, ultimately, what is this collection of five tracks at just over 34 minutes long? Quite frankly, it’s a towering edifice of electronic brilliance.