röyksopp “bounty hunters”

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apparently disney paid george lucas a lot of money for the star wars brand,  so they have to earn it back somehow. and through hollywood record they are releasing “star wars headspace” – a compilation of electronic music infused with sound effects and clips from the star wars saga.

artist such as bonobo, flying lotus and breakbot have all contributed to the compilation, but a head above the rest is the track from röyksopp! they may have stopped making full length albums, but they still can produce a great tune.




from the vault:

röyksopp + susanne sundfør = “running to the sea”

the irrepressibles “in this shirt” (röksopp edit)



Rune Lindbæk vs. Röyksopp – the circus has started!


On Monday the district court of Bergen started processing the complaint from Rune Lindbæk against Röyksopp, it was also the day the circus came to town! In fact, this trail is only good for the yellow press selling more papers…

If you aren’t familiar with the case, then please read this and this to get up to date what all the fuzz is about. Hadn’t it been for that I had already written about this complaint I wouldn’t have touched it even with a 10 feet pole! Why? Well, I didnt know that musicians had so much dirty laundry to show the world. Here is a few pointers:

– A mum have paid some of the legal fees.

– Free mini gig by Röyksopp (where they showed that they had sampled Jarre).

– Counter complaint to discredit Linbæk for composer rights of “Lift” by Drum Island.

– A brother in law on the witness list.

And the list just goes on! Cant think about all the gruff that will be dug up during the closing 3 days. MToK has decided to leave this matter alone from now (will update this post with the verdict though). Will end this post with a brilliant parody of the longest running soap serial in Norway (sorry but it is in northern Norwegian).


Update: The complaint against Röyksopp was dismissed, and they also won their counter complaint. Rune Lindbæk does also have to pay Røyksopp’s cost for the trail.






From the Vault:

Rune Lindbæk vs. Röyksopp – the truth is out there (somewhere)…

Rune Lindbæk vs. Röyksopp – an update

Röyksopp + Susanne Sundfør = “Running to the Sea”



Lydverket is dead, long live Lydverket!


Lydverket was a Norwegian music magazine for TV that was aired by NRK between 2002 – 2012. The final show was aired a few days ago (28.11), and what a finish it was! Not only featured the show a new song by Kvelertak, but it also had the honour to reveal the collaboration between Röyksopp and Susanne Sundfør“Running to the Sea”!

I guess the two headed Norwegian monster from Tromsø doesnt need much of an introduction, but Sundfør might. Susanne Sundfør is one of the most interesting artists that comes from Norway these days! Earlier this year she released her fourth studio album “The Silicon Veil” to standing ovations amongst the dice throwing Norwegian music journalists (the album is good even the pun towards the critics…).

Sundfør is also one of the reasons that there is no gender specific category for best artist in Norway these days. In the thank you speech after winning the Spellemanspris for best female artist in 2007 she just said:

“I am first and foremost an artist, not first and foremost a woman”.

This of course spurned a public debate about the topic, which she added more fuel to after withdrawing her nomination in the same category in 2010.

The collaboration will also be released as a single at some point in the future.




Röyksopp feat. Susanne Sundfør “Running to the Sea”:



From the Vault: The Irrepressibles “In This Shirt” (Röksopp Edit)

                         Kvelertak live @ Tavastia, Helsinki



Rune Lindbæk vs. Röyksopp – an update


As many of us know (and if you don’t then please read this) Rune Lindbæk has sued Röyksopp filed a complaint to the district court of Bergen, over co-writer rights. The trail is set to start the 18th of February 2013, and is expected to last for 5 days. That is if the complaint survives the new twist of this case…

Lindbæk started to pursue this complaint in England some years ago, but only filed it this year. And since England has different laws regarding when a complaint becomes obsolescent then Norway, Röyksopp might get off the hook and case dismissed. That is at least what their lawyer, Harald Bjelke jr., think will happen since. According to him the complaint was obsolescent in 2004, three years after “Melody A.M.” was released.

The district court of Bergen will give their verdict about this new twist in the end of October or in November 2012, so Jean-Michel Jarre still has some time to get involved…


MToK continues to stay neutral, at least until the next twist!


Jean-Michel Jarre Wooloomooloo” (check the three videos here if you didn’t get this video) :



From the Vault: Rune Lindbæk vs. Röyksopp – the truth is out there

                         The Irrepressibles “In This Shirt” (Röksopp Edit)



Rune Lindbæk vs. Röyksopp – the truth is out there (somewhere)…


Monday the 21st of May 2012 the Norwegian dj Rune Lindbæk and GramArt, the artist organisation that is representing him, filed a complaint to the district court of Bergen, Norway. The complaint states that Lindbæk wants to be credited as a co-writer of two songs from Röyksopp‘s debut album “Melody A.M.” The two songs are “A Higher Place” and “40 Years Back/Come”.

This conflict has been going on over 6 years most of the time behind the scenes, but made public in March 2011 when the Norwegian paper Dagens Næringsliv featured the case/situation over 10 pages (short summary in Norwegian can be found here). The peice was written mostly from Linbæk’s point of view, to great irritation for Torbjørn Brundtland and and Svein Berge. 8 months later (even it is dated 20.04.12) Röksopp answers the article by publishing a 45 pages letter (written in Norwegian) on royksoppsvarer.com. Few days later Lindbæk answer this letter by writing a blog post on runelindbaek.com.

The picture above is taken from a time when things probably seemed to be better (photo taken from runelindbaek.com). So what did this conversation through the media and web really tell us (especially for people that dont master the Norwegian language that well)? Well, there are these two songs that was made in the Drum Island (Lindbæk, Brundtland and Ole Mjøs) period, and then developed by Röyksopp and released on their hugely successful debut album. To cut it short (if I should mention all the twist and turns in this case this post would be 10 times as long), the quarrel its about if Rune Lindbæk was part of the creative process and of course – money!!

MToK do not want to take any side in this conflict, but was it really necessary to do your dirty laundry in public? On the other hand a court case might be for the best, since everything else seems to have failed, so the record (or rather tunes) finally can be set straight…


One of the songs that has caused this controversy is Röyksopp‘s “A Higher Place”



…which has some similarities to Drum Island‘s “Lift”



…which again has a resemblance to the beginning of Jean-Michel Jarre‘s Wooloomooloo” 




From the Vault: The Irrepressibles “In This Shirt” (Röksopp Edit)

                          Palace of Pleasure “Pink Palace”


The Irrepressibles “In This Shirt” (Röksopp Edit)

I know that this song isn’t fresh out of the bakery, but its so good! A few weeks ago Röyksopp had a status update on Facebook that there was some fresh and free downloads on their homepage. It was “Shores Of Easy” (a previously unreleased song) and an edit of The Irrepressibles song “In This Shirt”,  taken from their debut album “Mirror Mirror” (2010).

Now I’ve finally managed to download both of them (had some really slow connection lately) and I’ve to say that both of them are absolutely beautiful! I chose to share the song of The Irrepressibles because I find their concept of music and art performance truly fascinating, they are kind of an art preforming pop band! Just watch the video under to see what I mean…


the irrepressibles “in this shirt” (röksopp edit)

Your Guide to Flow Festival – Friday


Are you lost in the Flow jungle? Don’t worry! (Music) Tested on Kids will guide you through for a unique trip of music! If you disagree or have any additions that Ive missed out on, please leave a comment!

So here is your program for a good Friday out (after the jump): Continue reading “Your Guide to Flow Festival – Friday”