At Remix in Vancouver I picked up Royksopp's latest EP "Night Out," a live recording from the duo's performance in Oslo late last year that was released on disc a few months ago. The album is a collection of their biggest hits including "What Else Is Out There," "Poor Leno," "Only This Moment" and my favorite "Remind Me."
Based on the electronic aspects of their songs, you might expect a straight up DJ set with lots of pre-programmed loops. But on "Night Out," Torbjörn Brundtland and Svein Berge are keeping it real. They actually add their own live vocals to some of their tunes (using a vocoder) and also are joined on stage by Bel Canto's Anneli Drecker (and not Karin Dreijer as I wrote earlier) who adds her distinct vocals to "What Else Is Out There." These elements truly create a unique live experience that is worth playing over and over again. The live version of "Alpha Male" is a stand out track. The duo gets in high gear to create a propulsive on stage version that will get your adrenaline rushing. Fans of electronica-based dance music should definitely take a listen to "Night Out" even if you were a little disappointed by the celestial electro-pop on "The Understanding." (Click here to download Röyksopp's "Night Out" from 7Digital in mp3 format.)
In related Röyksopp news, the band announced they will release their next single "Beautiful Day Without You" on June 12. The 12" single will include remixes by Rex The Dog, Cass & Mangan and the Wighnomy & Robag Whruhmes Spekkfakkel Remikks.
Listen to samples of Röyksopp's "Night Out"