Röyksopp & Robyn have been virtually spewing out a string of fantastic songs since coming together. Their latest single, A Monument to Everything, taken from the brilliant mini-album ‘Do it Again’ has been remixed by Kindness, aka Adam Bainbridge. It’s out on Monday 18th Aug along with a Mark E mix.
Bainbridge has been somewhat involved from the very start though, not least bringing in South Africa singer Busiswa for his remix, as Robyn explains “I played ‘Monument’ to Adam (Kindness) a long time ago way before it was finished, so he´s heard it grow and when he said he´d like to remix it, I knew he was going to make something special. He brought the song to a new place, his place. It´s a place that I love. Busiswa sounds so good on it too, I´m happy to have another girl on there.”
In return, Bainbridge responded “It’s been a pleasure seeing how ‘Monument’ started stretching its legs over time: from 5 to 7 to 12 minutes at one point. When Robyn & I spoke about reworking the song, it was already so right, so hauntingly gossamer, that it seemed it could only be remixed by taking away – stripping things back to the core of its groove. I’m very happy to have Busiswa on this (even slightly slower) version of ‘Monument’, making a deeper connection with the Kwaito shuffle I thought was lurking somewhere in the heart of the track.
Takk & tack to Rokysopp and Robyn”
Its gorgeously stripped back, with sparse stabbing basslines and pulsing accompaniment as Robyn’s sensual delivery takes a hold on the listener. As the track progesses, so Busiswa comes in, part rapping-part chanting, but remaining compelling as Kindness completely reworks the track.
Like all the best remixes are, its a new, brilliant take on an essential track.
‘Do It Again’ tour dates below:
August 15 Pukkelpop (Belgium)
August 20 Pier 97 (New York, NY, US)
August 21 Wolftrap (Washington, DC, US)
August 22 HB Pavilion (Boston, MA, US)
August 24 Pritzker Pavilion (Chicago, IL, US)
August 25 Echo Beach (Toronto, ON, Canada)
August 30 Zurich Open Air (Switzerland)