Of all the Norwegian artists to make inroads outside their home country Röyksopp have undoubtedly been the most successful in recent years. Anyone from Britain would have to have been living under a rock for the mellow downtempo electronica of Melody A.M and The Understanding to completely pass them by. But all that was so long ago, and, Back To Mine mixtape aside, all has been silent in the Röyksopp camp for far too long.
Information is slowly starting to filter through, however. The next album is due some time in 2008, and in an interview with BBC Radio 1 the band explained ‘we are now working on a third album which I hope will be finished some time this year and also, hopefully, released this year. I think, it’s safe to say this a bit more uptempo, there aren’t that much vocals compared to other two albums. We are back to more instrumental bits. It’s more progressive; not progressive like in “progressive house”, but more progressive as in “progressive rock”.’ It seems that the vocal parts that the band did decide to go with are worth getting excited about, however. Lykke Li is rumoured to be included, after she sang live on the new track ‘Korene’ in Molde last year, whilst the band have also reportedly confirmed that their love of Swedish pop queens doesn’t end there, hauling Robyn in to sing guest vocals on another song. Just rumours at this stage, but certainly worth getting excited about.