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Royksopp's Night Out EP

Royksopp, Night Out EP

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3.5 out of 5

NORWEGIAN duo, Royksopp (aka Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland) deliver their first live album in the form of Night Out, a lively showcase of their distinct dance sound.

Recorded in Oslo in November 2005 at the end of their world tour and in front of an ecstatic crowd (who can constantly be heard cheering), the album effectively captures the Royksopp live sound and their ability to mix things up a little in the process.

The Istanbul Forever Take on Poor Leno, for example, is completely different to what you may have been expecting but emerges as a sweeping dance track that’s high on Jean Michelle Jarre-style production values and some exciting breakdowns.

Vocal collaborators Chelonis R Jones, Kate Havnevik and Anneli Drecker, from Royksopp’s two studio albums, are also present on-stage, ensuring that tracks with vocals retain the sharpness of their studio counterparts.

The result is an album of live treats that just as effectively serves as a rare greatest hits compilation. It’s lively, good for dancing along to and showcases all that’s great about the Royksopp sound – not to mention how it has evolved through time.

Highlights very definitely include opening tracks What Else Is There? and Only This Moment, two of the signature tunes from their critically-acclaimed Gold album The Understanding.

And an electronic cover version of Go With The Flow, by Queens of the Stone Age, which replaces the crunching guitars with some sharp stabs of synth.

Whether you’re a die-hard Royskopp fan or just crave some good alternative dance music, this delivers plenty to please both.

Track listing:
1. What Else is There
2. Only This Moment
3. Remind Me
4. Sparks
5. Poor Leno
6. Go Away
7. Alpha Male
8. Go With The Flow
9. Teppefall