R IS FOR ROYKSOPP

One of Norway’s finest exports. Coming to fame on the UK’s Wall of Sound Records, Royksopp produce house music as soft and warm as a polar bear blanket. They suffered from the “difficult second album” syndrome, but “Melody AM” is a lovely piece of work.

Norwegian duo Röyksopp compensated for the cold climes of their native Tromsø by making some of the warmest, most inviting downbeat electronica of the new millennium, exemplified by early singles like Eple and Poor Leno. The pair, Torbjørn Brundtland and Svein Berge, both grew up in Tromsø and began recording in the early ’90s. Local-made-good Geir Jenssen (aka Biosphere) provided tutelage and almost convinced the duo to record for R&S sublabel Apollo. After a few years apart, Brundtland and Berge met up again in Bergen and re-formed Röyksopp in 1998.

The group released a few singles on Tellé, then signed up to the big beat label Wall of Sound. The Röyksopp debut was 2001’s Eple single; both “Eple” and another track (“Poor Leno”) earned slots on over a dozen chillout compilations that year or the next. Their first full-length, Melody A.M., appeared in late 2001. After spending a few years performing live and remixing artists including Beck and Annie, Röyksopp returned with new material in 2005; the single Only This Moment heralded the summer release of the duo’s second album, The Understanding, which featured more traditionally structured songs than their earlier work. The live EP Röyksopp’s Night Out appeared a year later, and the third album — Junior, their most upbeat set — came in March 2009. ~ John Bush, All Music Guide

Royksopp – Eple (Bjorn Torske Mix)  

Royksopp – Remind Me (James Zabielas Ingeborg Mix)   

Royksopp – So Easy (So BHQ Derrick Carter Mix)   

Royksopp – Remind Me (Tom Middleton Cosmos Mix)  

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~ by acidted on November 6, 2009.

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