Swedish pop superstar Robyn released her last solo album Body Talk eight years ago now but the long wait is about to be over. She’s announced that her new album will be released this year. Still, it’s not like we’ve been starved of Robyn music during this time. She’s unleashed some of her best work and here’s a timeline of what she’s done.
The Lonely Island (2013)
In 2013, Robyn brought her excellent top lines to The Lonely Island’s Go Kindergarten off their The Wack Album. It’s a ridiculous song that features the lyrics, “whip your dick out,” but goddamn Robyn’s chorus is absolute perfection.
Robyn featured on Swedish rapper Abidaz’s track Nitti5 giving us a rare Swedish language hook. It’s likely to be the song in this list that the English-speaking audience hasn’t heard.
Arthur Russell Cover (2014)
Robyn joined artists like Sufjan Stevens and Blood Orange on an Arthur Russell tribute record Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell. She took on Tell You (Today) and turned into a winding, jangling dancefloor stomper. It had more funk than Uptown Funk which was also released that year and was the highlight of the record.
Neneh Cherry (2014)
Robyn guested on fellow Swede Neneh Cherry’s 2014 record Blank Project. She was on Out Of The Black which is one of the most raw, organic songs we’ve ever heard from Robyn. They trade verses over a dry drumbeat.
Robyn teamed up with Royksopp in 2014 for an EP of dark, damning pop music. They ended up touring the project together and were even due to play Falls Festival in Australia, however, the appearance was cancelled. Still, it left us with two of the finest pop songs of this decade Do It Again and Do It Again. She also contributed Rong to their 2014 record The Inevitable End.
Robyn contributed vocals to Who Do You Love? on Kindness’ Otherness album. Dev Hynes and Kelela also featured on the album but it was hard to go past Robyn’s emotional, soaring chorus.
La Bagatelle Magique (2015)
In 2015, Robyn released the Love Is Free EP with collaborators Markus Jägerstedt, and Christian Falk. Falk died in 2015 of cancer and this posthumous project celebrated the songs he’d made with the pair prior. Despite the tragic circumstances, Love Is Free gives us some of Robyn’s hardest, most house-oriented work.
Robyn teamed up with Metronomy for the highlight of their 2016 album Summer ’08. Hang Me Out To Dry was a perky duet and it’s no coincidence that the songs Robyn features on always get chosen as singles.
Robyn decided to re-explore her back catalogue by hand selecting her favourite producers to remix her old songs. Mr. Tophat, The Black Madonna, Mark E and more all took on different songs and she later toured the project.
Mr. Tophat (2017)
As Robyn continued to explore the club world of electronic music more and more, she teamed with Swedish producers Mr. Tophat for the Trust Me EP. It’s some of her most experimental work to date and was a perfect accompaniment to her remix project.
Lena Dunham asked Robyn to contribute a song to the final season of Girls and she rushed to finish a new song for it. Honey ended up on one of the final episodes soundtracking Adam’s movie about Hannah. The final version still isn’t with us but it exists in a version crowded with dialogue from the show.