Blimey. We like to think we've had some pretty striking covers over the years, but the photo of Röyksopp on the front of this month's Electronic Sound really is something else. We have a weighty interview with the unorthodox Norwegian group inside the magazine, plus a fantastic blue vinyl seven-inch from the duo to accompany the issue.
Röyksopp's massively popular 2001 debut album, 'Melody AM', made them the first new electronic superstars of the 21st century. Two decades down the line, Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland are bossing 2022 with the release of two terrific albums in the space of only four months. 'Profound Mysteries' and 'Profound Mysteries II' embrace an array of electronic styles – slinky pop songs, funky bangers, wistful moments and tons more – but the albums are actually part of a wider art project that also boasts 20 short films and 20 specially created digital artefacts, one for each of the tracks. It’s pretty bizarre stuff and it all adds up to a thrilling and truly unique audio-visual trip.
As well as our cover feature, we have a king-sized eight-page review of this year's Bluedot Festival, with Björk, Hannah Peel, Anna Meredith, Groove Armada and Public Service Broadcasting leading the way. This month's other interviews meanwhile include Gwenno, Anne Dudley, Working Men’s Club, Ron Trent, Luke Abbott, Caterina Barbieri and Yann Tiersen. Gwenno’s ‘Tresor’ album has recently been nominated for the Mercury Prize, by the way. That’s one for your shopping list before you even open the magazine, then.
As always, we're bundling the magazine up with an exclusive seven-inch, this time on blue vinyl and featuring two great Röyksopp tracks from their 'Profound Mysteries II' album. The A-side of the record is 'Denimclad Baboons', a larger-than-life tune with some cheeky nods to the duo's 'Melody AM' debut album and lots of dirty sub-bass. Flip the disc over to hear the melancholic and unsettling 'It Was A Good Thing', a collaboration with UK vocalist Pixx which represents a very different side to the group. As an added bonus, the surreal image on the seven-inch sleeve is the work of celebrated Australian artist Jonathan Zawada, who has worked closely with Röyksopp on the visuals for the 'Profound Mysteries' project.
As with all of our music releases, this seven-inch is strictly limited and is only available to readers of Electronic Sound, so make sure you get your copy right away.