Watch Robyn and Royksopp's new lyric video for "Do It Again."
We have a little routine we do the same way every morning: Wake up, brush teeth, drink orange juice, remember how gross orange juice and toothpaste taste together, check the news to see if the world is going to end, and then look up whether or not any new Robyn music exists in the world.
While a snippet of new song "Monument" gave us some momentary solace a couple weeks ago, we end up feeling really disappointed on most days. It's been four years since Robyn's era-defining, singles-packed Body Talk came out. Why must mankind suffer through an existence untouched by our cold, distant, indifferent goddess of the North?
Well, this week has so far been way better than usual thanks to this lyric video for "Do It Again," a track Robyn collaborated on with Norwegian electronic duo Röyksopp. We've known the three have been working together for a while now, and that a tour is set for this summer, but this clip finally makes it all seem real.
"I've been going back and forth to Bergen to record and write with the Röyksopp boys up until recently," Robyn explained on the Do It Again site. "It started to feel more like a band thing than songs for a Röyksopp or Robyn album so we´re releasing this music together as a band you could say.”
Back in 2009 they collaborated on a couple of songs, including the tortured sci-fi romance of "The Girl and the Robot" from Röyksopp's Junior album. On the first few listens, the Do It Again mini-album's title track follows right in that song's "heartbreak on the dance floor" mold.
"It hurts so good," Robyn sings over a scintillating synth pulse as her voice wavers between organic and cyborg-like electronic tones. "Wait for it, wait for the build-up." That's exactly what we've been doing these past few years. It finally seems worth it.
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