Monday 24 October 2016

Röyskopp's Track Of The Month Archive: Part 1

I realized a couple of weeks ago that Röyskopp's track of the month series they ran on their website from 2010 - 2011 had gone missing from my HDD. Naturally, the download links had all expired or were soundcloud links on Röyskopp's site. I managed to recover a couple because I'd posted about them here in the past but oh boy was it ever hard to find them again, turns out not a lot of people cared enough to archive them like other releases. So I'm going to do my part and share the complete collection I've managed to gather over the last couple of weeks, so nobody will have to go digital scouring like I did ever again.

Was in two minds 'bout this at first cos it's quite a lot to go through and I'm 90% sure I saw some hosted versions of this be taken down through DMCAs (which if you're reading this labels, doesn't mean squat when THE ARTISTS themselves gave these songs out for free 5/6 years ago and they haven't been released elsewhere). So here we go, nothing big to start with just a instrumental version of Vision One as featured in Little Big Planet 2. It's quite hypnotic without Anneli Drecker over it, I imagine the tune was designed to have vocals over it from the get go. It's still nice to hear though, even if the album version is still my favourite.

The first of a few remixes/reworks next, with Röyskopp giving their treatment to Gustavo Santaolalla. It does sound a little unrefined but could easily still have been a b-side to the Junior and Senior era releases, might've been a small side project that didn't fit anywhere else, regardless, I'm glad we got to hear it.

The reworks continue for the next couple of tracks, with two different versions of Steve Reich's Electric Counterpoint: III. Fast. Feels like there's a lot more work in these than the Gustavo Santaolalla rework, and not only because there's two of them. I do enjoy when the Röyskopp boys go off on a 8-16 minute jam session, and the Milde Salve is a solid demonstration of that, feels much closer to their earlier releases in style than the True To Original remix, which is definitley a Junior influenced piece.

That'll about wrap this one up, and in fact that's all the remixes out of the way too, so part 2 onwards will be all Röyskopp originals, stay tuned for that and I'll see you soon!

-Claude Van Foxbat

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