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Coachella 2011: Robyn's sweat-inducing, club-ready electropop won't be overlooked

April 13, 2011 | 12:08 pm

In the week leading up to Friday's kickoff of the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Pop & Hiss offers a preview of some of this year's less established or underappreciated artists.

Robyn_1 Who: Robyn

When: Friday

From: Stockholm

Chances are you overlooked Robyn's "Body Talk" series -- a shame,  considering the Swedish pop chanteuse gave listeners three installments of sweat-inducing, club-ready electropop.

Though she's a megahit back home, Stateside, Robyn has struggled to tap into the crossover success she enjoyed with her late '90s hits "Show Me Love" and "Do You Know (What It Takes)." 

While all three discs managed to rule on the U.S. dance charts, she has yet to get much face time on American television -- excluding that one-minute commercial break performance on the 2010 Video Music Awards.

Anyone who has seen her live knows the Swede passes on the glittery productions and costume changes that her pop counterparts make mandatory in exchange for impromptu shimmying  and extended groove sessions courtesy of her band.

To help our readers do some pre-Coachella homework, we asked Robyn to pick a handful of tracks from the “Body Talk” series that are essential for download.

“Oh, 'Don’t ... Tell Me What to Do,' 'Hang With Me' [check out the video below] and … it’s hard,” she said before struggling on another choice.

With three mini-albums totalling 21 tracks, there are lots of options to pick from, so we helped her out and suggested the throbbing “Fembot,” one of the standouts on "Body Talk Pt. 1."

“Yes, that’s a good one too,” she agreed.

Check back Thursday for a more in-depth conversation with the Swedish pop star.


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-- Gerrick D. Kennedy

Photo: Robyn. Credit: The Fun Star