If “Do It Again” was the dance pop anthem that all of Robyn’s fans were anxiously awaiting, then “Say It” is the quirky, trippy track made for devotees of Royksopp. The Norwegian duo channel Front 242, Kraftwerk, and Giorgio Moroder into a progressive track with elements of glitch, lo-fi techno, and industrial. Robyn’s voice is effected, sampled, and used as a duet partner to a computerized voice reminiscent of SAM (the computerized voice of 8-bit computers). The oddness of the track is further illustrated by its black & white repetitive motion video which is so visually arresting that the singing dog might be the only part that isn’t hallucinogenic. When you realize that “Say It” is produced by clothing magnate H&M (who was also behind the Bob Sinclar/Giselle Bundchen “Heart of Glass”), you can imagine the creative executives that have such a wonderfully diverse taste in electronic dance music.
Norwegian duo Royksopp and Swedish electropop singer Robyn have collaborated before on singles with each other – “None of Dem” and “The Girl and the Robot.” The title single of their forthcoming EP “Do It Again” came about after a night of clubbing, and you would imagine it started as a joke. The lyrics are a play on the repetition and predictable nature of dance tracks, but of course the lyrics could be interpreted for hooking up with an ex-lover or partaking in harmful substances. Robyn’s sweetly pop vocals soften the robotic feel of the beats, and it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that the chords and vocal effects aren’t dissimilar to “Dancing On My Own.” In its original version it is already club- (and radio) friendly, but I am guessing some out-there leftfield remixes are forthcoming. The five-track EP is set for release on May 26th and with songs like “Sayit” featuring a sexually charged robot, it will definitely be one worth buying. Watch for them on tour later this year.