Röksopp – Junior

Röyksopp - Junior – Cover


I bought the album Junior from Röksopp. The music is great and you can hear the voices of female singers I love.

J’ai acheté l’album «Junior» de Röyksopp. La musique est géniale et on peut y entendre les voix de deux chanteuses que j’adore.

I habe den Album “Junior” von Röyksopp gekauft. Die Musik is genial und man kann die Stimmen von Sängerinnen die ich liebe hören.

I had been thinking for some time that the female voice in the Knife sounded a lot like the one in Röksopp’s What else is out there. I had the same feeling listening to Tricky Tricky, Wikipedia confirmed this feeling, in all cases, this is Karin Dreijer Andersson. What I discovered is that there is another familiar voice in this new album, namely Anneli Drecker of Bel Canto fame. She also did Sparks on the album Melody A.M., but there, she sings in a style quite different from the one in Bel Canto, so it is in my opinion, more difficult to recognize.

To come back to Junior, I really like the video clip Happy Up Here with its light bulb space invaders. Röyksopp really has a knack to have very graphically interesting video-clips, I certainly think that the one of You Remind Me is ground-breaking. I would probably have bought the album just for Happy up here. This was actually not the case, all the tracks are good, and Röyksopp Forever is just magnificent. The first time I listened to it, it had the same effect on me than Bedřich Smetana’s Moldau. So this is an album that I really recommend.

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Röyksopp – Melody AM

Röyksopp – Melody AM - Cover

I already mentioned Röyksopp in the comments of my post on Trentemøller, so as I have just bought Melody AM, I though I would talk a little bit about this Norwegian band. I discovered Röyksopp with the single What Else Is There? which can be streamed from their web site, and bough the second album The Understanding. Röyksopp’s music could be described as electronic trip-hop, the music is very smooth. Compared to Trentemøller the style is certainly lighter. The music is very easy listening, some would say poppy, many tracks were used for advertisement.
Melody AM was the first studio album and is less refined, but contains very interesting tracks: Eple could be officially declared the clubbing start hymn, my favorite is probably A higher place. I would recommend both this album and the The Understanding to any person who likes trip-hop electronica.

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