The Norwegian duo have been floating around on the electronic music scene for about fifteen years now, reinventing themselves with each album and constantly creating something truly special. Despite only having a handful of albums to their name, they are already one of the most influential acts in the world.
The early singles Eple and So Easy (remember the baby advert?) as well as a lot of quite bonkers and beautiful videos. Most recently they hit the top spot back in Norway and also on the Chart for stowaways with Susanne Sundfør singing on the lovely Running to the Sea.
Where to start
In the absence of a compilation, you should probably work through Röyksopp in chronological order, starting with Melody AM (2001). That’s about as chilled as they come, which may mean you like that album the best, or if you like your electronic music to be aggressive and inventive then you might think they get better and better with each release.
What to buy
Follow up Melody AM with The Understanding (2005), and then take a brief side-step for the fantastic live album Röyksopp’s Night Out (2006). Then move on to the essential Junior (2009) to see how their sound has evolved.
Don’t bother with
The super-chilled Senior (2010) is definitely worth hearing, but wait until you’re completely ready. Don’t delve too far into the singles though, unless endless dull remixes are your bag.
Among the many dull remixes are some very fine ones. The single version (Someone Else’s Remix) of Remind Me from 2002 is the essential one, and is totally exceptional, as is the Istanbul Forever Take of Poor Leno (2001). Both are by Röyksopp themselves. The collection of Tracks of the Month which can be downloaded free from their website yield some very exciting surprises.
- A Christmas Countdown – Röyksopp for Le Cantique de Noël (December 2012)
- Röyksopp – Melody AM (March 2013)
- Röyksopp – The Understanding (September 2013)
- Preview – Röyksopp for Running to the Sea (December 2013)
- Röyksopp – Junior (March 2014)
- Various Artists – Late Night Tales: Röyksopp (June 2014)