[6] Röyksopp featuring Robyn, ‘The Girl And The Robot’

Röyksopp get away with being coffee table dance bores because they’re Norwegian. Stick them in the Home Counties, and they’ll be held in the same esteem as Groove Armada, Morcheeba, Apollo christing 440. “Didn’t you make a good record once?” an aging hipster will say. “Yeah, that one on the advert,” will be their chipper reply. “Oh, and the one that Robyn rescued.”

And she does rescue it. This would be a hi-NRG SAW-era Kylie record (OK at the time, but in 2009?) if it wasn’t for the “killingest pop star on the planet” and her ability to make the mundane sound heartbreaking. She could make the Liverpool FC year-end financial figures sound dramatic and devastating. But instead, it’s the story of a poor girl ignored by her cold, workaholic boyfriend. He’s like a robot. He may even be a robot. After all, as well as sounding like 1989 this sounds like The Future. It’s a wormhole.

It’s also the key to unlock Junior’s dynamic array of disco moves, which now appear to include The Robot. Fortunately, she doesn’t look like Peter Crouch. My brother looks like Peter Crouch.

Never know when you’ll return:

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3 thoughts on “[6] Röyksopp featuring Robyn, ‘The Girl And The Robot’

  1. Cascada with the synth-coral bits off Blue Monday. Never going to work that. And it dosn’t.

    Ya know how you trumpet Robyn as the great lost dance-pop-bobbins female vocalist? She really isn’t. Except for the Bobbins bit.

  2. I liked this and yes, the vocal has chutzpah. But then I’m probably an ageing Home counties Royksopp fan minus the coffee table so Im too insipid to have a view. As for your brother, he does. A bit.

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