The Top 10 Robyn Collaborations
Robyn and Röyksopp,-- a pair of acts self-described as "most killingest pop star on the planet" and "two-headed Norwegian monster" respectively -- are bringing their tremendous live show to Pier 97 this week, in support of their first collaborative EP Do It Again. It's not the first time Robyn has teamed up with another act on her glorious, fierce and often heavily emotional dance-pop records, though. From Snoop Dogg to Neneh Cherry, here are Robyn's 10 best collaborations, ranked.
Screenshot of Robyn & Neneh Cherry's "Out of the Black" video
A few years before "Dancehall Queen," Robyn got to try out her patois on this cover of Teddybears' "Cobrastyle", produced by Teddybears. She's all sass in the video but she's no match for Mad Cobra's vocals on the original.
Produced by Diplo, the reggae-influenced Dancehall Queen reaffirms Robyn's penchant for going out dancing alone. Unlike "Dancing On My Own", though, dancing alone here is a positive force: "I still run this thing like a dancehall queen," she sings in a half-hearted attempt at patois that's, hopefully, just fun enough to not be offensive.
Earlier this year our hero at long last teamed up with fellow Swedish pop monarch Neneh Cherry for this cut from Cherry's Four Tet-produced album Blank Project. Where they could have predictably and justifiably gone for a big, thumping anthem, "Out of the Black" is a subtle groove, and, frankly, underwhelming.
This track appeared as an iTunes bonus on Body Talk Part 2 and is joyously filled with stuttering beats and woops. The video is appropriately ridiculous. What fun it must be to live in Robyn's world.
On this track from Basement Jaxx's Crazy Itch Radio album, Robyn's vocals take second place to the chaotic funk/marching band/horn section/Balkan folk music mash-up. On first listen, it sounds bizarre but you'll probably hit repeat.