by Sarah Carter
Do It Again is the title track from Röyksopp and Robyn’s upcoming mini-album of the same name, released on April 28 on Dog Triumph/Wall of Sound. This electro-pop track is the product of a yearlong collaboration, and the artists confess to the track being an ‘accidental pop song’. Listening to it now, it’s difficult to note how it could accidentally become something it was always destined to be.
In essence, it’s a modern day dance track and little else. Vocals from Robyn ensure that this track steers marginally away from the realms of mediocrity and admittedly it’s a catchy and intoxicating tune. But I’m of the opinion that the genre of electro-pop/dance doesn’t leave much room for life-changing, awe-inspiring stuff, but then again maybe that’s just me.
As a dance record, it succeeds. It’s just the right balance of repetition and has an undeniably catchy beat but as is expected from dance music, its intention isn’t to change the world. It’s to be fun and invigorating, and for that reason, it has its merits.
Saying that, just because dance music doesn’t intend to inspire a generation doesn’t mean that it can’t. Because of this, Do It Again is chart friendly, club fodder and it would have been nice to see some signs of innovation in there somewhere.
The Do It Again mini album will be released on May 26, and you can find the tour dates below:
June 13 Sonar Festival (Spain)
June 14 Northside Festival (Denmark)
June 26 Marymoor Park (Seattle, WA, US)
June 28 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (San Francisco, CA, US)
June 29 Hollywood Bowl (Los Angeles, CA, US)
July 18 Melt Festival (Germany)
July 19 Latitude Festival (UK)
August 8 Øya Festival (Norway)
August 9 Way Out West Festival (Sweden)
August 15 Pukkelpop (Belgium)
August 20 Pier 97 (New York, NY, US)
August 21 Wolftrap (Washington, DC, US)
August 22 HB Pavilion (Boston, MA, US)