Sweedish Pop overlord (overlady?) Robyn has unveiled the first track from her long hinted at side-project La Bagatelle Magique (French for ‘the magic trifle’). The outfit is comprised of Robyn, Markus Jägerstedt, and the late Christian Falk and they have released their first official song along with New York based artist Maluca. It’s called Love Is Free and you may have heard this one live if you were lucky enough to catch Röyksopp & Robyn’s recent Do It Again tour.
Currently Annie Mac’s Hottest Record, Love Is Free is an 90s Rave monster. A seemingly disparate orchestra of low key piano and synthetic squeals that this trio meld into a compelling whole. Riding over a kinetic beat and pleasingly nostalgic synth bass, the track, alongside Robyn’s chanted vocals and Maluca’s eclectic flow, is insanely catchy and one of those tunes that just puts a smile on your face and a shuffle in your feet.
♫ Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique (Feat. Maluca) – Love Is Free (Radio Rip)
Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique’s Love Is Free is out now.
The next track from Röyksopp & Robyn’s amazing collaborative mini-album, Do It Again, to receive the video treatment is the moody and epic Monument. Probably the albums most emotional moment, and probably the most ripe for visual interpretation.
Max Vitali directs the clip which had a distinctly abstract Sci-Fi vibe to it. All stark tones to match the synth drones. The camera work really flows with the song on this one.
Röyksopp & Robyn’s excellent collaborative mini-album, Do It Again, is still on repeat ’round these parts, and probably will be for the rest of the year. The title tracks of the release has just gone and got itself a shiny new music video.
Martin Se Thurah directs this mini movie, that features a special extended cut of the track, is a six minute mini move of revolution and passion.
The release of Röyksopp & Robyn’s eagerly awaited collaborative mini-album, Do It Again, is not to far off now. We weren’t expecting any videos, but one has been unleashed. This is for the moody and hypnotic Sayit.
Directed by Sandberg & Timonen and Kacper Kasprzyk, the monochrome stark glitchyness rolls with the track well.
So, Neneh Cherry and Robyn, two artists we are extremely fond of, made a record together; and it’s was OK. Not nearly as epic as we would have liked, or would have expected, but still pretty solid. But fear now, here comes Hot Chip and The 2 Bears’ Joe Goddard to whip the song into an enthralling electronic masterpiece. Hooray!
Goddard’s take on Out Of The Black is a slow building synthetic House beats with clicky Garage-y beats and a hypnotic groove. Starting off keeping the original’s ominous tone, the tune soon elevates into a fairly uplifting floorfiller, complete with layers of snyth zaps and pops. The duo’s vocals take on a softer feel amongst the rising pads while loosing none of their edge. Involving stuff.
♫ Neneh Cherry (Feat. Robyn) – Out Of The Black (Joe Goddard’s The Black Friday reMix)
Robyn’s U Should Know Better is getting on for three years old now, it was one of the highlights of her 2010 Body Talk Pt. 2 album. It seems pretty tardy releasing the Snoop Dogg (or Lion?) featuring video in 32013, but we’re not going to complain.
It’s a doppelganger fuelled clip that’s funny, smart and put together by Robyn and long tine chorographic collaborator Decida.
Wednesday seems like a kinda’ off the wall day of the week to release an album, but Swedish Disco duo Drop Out Orchestra have never been a pair to shy away from the off the wall. Take their new release, a who album of disco edits, mostly of ‘80’s Pop songs. there’s some real genius in that.
Brushing aside the legality of releasing an album of, essentially, reMixes of other people songs, which we’re not even going to think about, Drop Out Orchestra’s ‘The Edits’ is an awesome collection of Funked out version of tunes we all know and love. Much of the time these track go way beyond the remit of an ‘edit’, often played live in the studio with four or five musicians. The album plays like a tour through the catchier side of the ‘80’s on a bus full of drunk disco musicians. Sterling Void & Paris Brightledge’s House classic ‘It’s All Right’ gets a speedy update that keeps the vocal and piano hook intact but layers think new slabs of Boogie and a fast fingered bassline. Other highlights of the record include a smoothed over version of Robyn’s ‘Hang With Me’, which becomes a shiny lazy Disco groove. Duran Duran’s ‘Girls On Film’ is morphed into a wicked riffed, dubbed out, cosmic jam and off-the-wall-est of all Bros’ ‘When I Will I Be Famous?’ in a Moog laden Acid tweaking collision with a guitar solo. Drop Out Orchestra obviously had a lot of fun putting these tracks together, and we certainly had a lot of fun listening to them.
We’ve been waiting for this one for a while. As unashamed lovers of Robyn we can’t think of anything better than Clancy, one of the UKs top Nu-Disco producers reMixing ‘None Of Dem’.
Clancy peppers his retro synth groove with a sweet ‘90’s House Piano riff running throughout. There’s also a nice Italo influence in the bassline too, in fact the reMix seems to be a melting pot of everything that’s good and great in dance music, wrapped up with Robyn’s left-field ElectroPop. That’s kinda’ what I like about Clancy, as well as having the production skills, he always seems keen to draw on different styles but never let’s them overrun what he’s doing. It makes for exciting synth music every time and, as displayed here, dancefloor gold.