No other live show of 2017 has stirred up as much buzz as The xx’s Brixton residency, racking up 7 sold-out nights at the iconic 5000-capacity O2 Academy for their latest Night + Day festival. Accompanying the Mercury Award winning dream-pop trio came a length support line-up with the likes of Francis and the Lights, Kelela and Sampha taking on separate evenings for support slot duties. The third show listed Robyn, Swedish pop icon and all-round total legend, bringing her recent RMX live project in tow before joining The XX onstage to perform her 2005 single With Every Heartbeat the following night.
The latter element of this Robyn double whammy seemed to cause as much buzz as The xx’s initial announcement (equally leaving ticket holders for the other nights arguably jealous) with the trio later declaring “We Love Robyn!” on their Instagram. Can anyone blame them?
We too love Robyn. More so than not for her incredible history of collaborations and team-up, venturing from joint records, featuring slots and side projects. In honour of her performance with the XX, we’ve selected the highlights of her extensive back catalogue where Robyn has found herself working with another artist as opposed to her distinctive, equally-brilliant solo material.
Metronomy with Robyn: Hang Me Out To Dry
Joe Mount and his Merry Men teamed up with Robyn for Hang Me Out To Dry, the Twin Peaks sounding standout from their 2015 record Summer ’08. The video for the track is also worthy of your immediate attention.
Kindness ft. Robyn: Who Do You Love?
Back in 2015, Robyn hopped on synthpop project Kindness’s single Who Do You Love? for a collaboration that has gone relatively under-the-radar in her musical legacy. The disco-funk track digs out the emotional punch of her vocals, paired with a heart string-tugging video that’ll set you up for further blubbering.
Röyksopp and Robyn: Do It Again
With a history of collaborating together stretching back to 2009, Röyksopp and Robyn teamed up once more for the joint EP Do It Again thus confirming their status of alt-pop’s dream team.
Robyn x The Knife: Who’s That Girl
Taken from her fourth LP Robyn, Who’s That Girl featured spooky Swedish house duo The Knife on uncredited production and songwriting duties, inevitably marking the track as one of the album’s peaking moment. It’d be the singular time both artists would work together, though we can’t help but wonder just how ace the outcome of any more teaming up would be.
La Bagatelle Magique: Love Is Free
Not content on releasing a 7th solo record, Robyn instead turned her attention to rounding up a super group resulting in La Bagatelle Magique with the late Christian Falk. With a mini-album release under the belt, it appears there is no systematic formula for which direction the icon will take next.
Röyksopp ft. Robyn: The Girl And The Robot
The eight year bond between Röyksopp and Robyn formed with the release of the Norwegian duo’s 2009 single The Girl And The Robot, Robyn making an appearance as guest vocalist. Arguably Röyksopp’s most recognisable track, The Girl And The Robot showcases the Swede’s intelligent songwriting talent and that voice at its finest.
Neneh Cherry ft. Robyn: Out Of The Black
Making an appearance on Neneh Cherry’s fourth record Blank Project, the Swedish hip-hop legend’s return from an 18 year break, the duet payed homage to the two artist’s admiration for each other. Cherry having met Robyn as a fan at 15 and Robyn frequently coving Cherry in multiple live shows…