Album: Röyksopp, Junior, (Virgin)

The first two seconds of Junior are laughter, which tells you more than words ever could about the overriding playfulness of the album.

Not that it's pure fun throughout: Svein Berge and Torbjorn Brundtland are uncommonly adept at writing melancholic electro-pop juggernauts such as "The Girl and the Robot", "This Must Be It" and "Miss It So Much", which feature, respectively, Robyn, Karin Dreijer Andersson of the Knife, and Lykke Li. Sometimes it verges on aural wallpaper, but it's unusually cool wallpaper.

Pick of the album: Konichiwa, switches: 'The Girl and the Robot'

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