I think just about everyone has heard this and most likely owns this but I like to stick my oar in anyway. I once heard this described as dance musics answer to Pink Floyd. I shudder to think where that review had their head stuck when listening to it but I can imagine it was dark, smelly and none to pleasant. Its essentially funky chill time music without becoming entirely coffee table, as has happened with certain other crossover artists of this genre. Good catchy tunes but with a bit of grit and rawness to them. Like everyone else I heard this first on THAT mobile phone advert, from the first moment I knew that it wasn't your standard advert music. It had a cetain quality to it that made it stick in your head. Luckily for Royksopp, the rest of the album keeps up with the same quality of So Easy. By a long shot, the best track is the quirky Eple. Big fat breaks, off kilter twinkly keys and a gorgeous synth breakdown that takes you up, down, around and just about everywhere with it. Up there with this, and slightly less recognised, is the epic Royksopps Night Out. It could be an accompaniment to a Bond-esque chase scene, a 60s-ish groove works along hypnotically with lovely soundtracky orchestral stabs adding to the atmosphere. Everyone should know the singles by now, the funky, chipper house of Poor Leno and the electronic shuffle of Remind Me. The vocals, never overpowering, are subtle, letting the tracks shine and have a certain easy listening quality to them. Don't associate easy listening with bland here. An album that deserved its hype, its standing up to the tests of time ... the continual mentions in the media and severe overplaying of all its tracks haven't lessened its charms too much. I do tend to find myself flicking it on to check Eple more than anything else but thats a hell of alot better than it being confined to a dusty dark spot on a CD rack. The single releases were also backed up by some mighty fine remixes, vinyl junkies can do no wrong than to head to the Silicone Soul re-rub of Poor Leno, James Zabiela/Tom Middleton/Ernest St Laurence remixes of Remind Me were all individual and quality, even Murk (who I tend to find chuck out ALOT of tribal dullathons) come in with a quality mix of Sparks. Those wanting more of what Royksopp have to offer themselves can do no wrong than to check their amazing remix of Felix Da Housecat's What Does It Feel Like? Good stuff, now we just have to see if a follow up can match this.
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