We’ve had the Diplo-produced ‘Dancehall Queen’, the future feminist anthem ‘Fembot’, the I’m-bored-in-this-town ragga of ‘None Of Dem’ and now we finally get the single. ‘Dancing On My Own’, produced by Kleerup [EDIT: Apparently this was produced by Patrik Berger], is full of those heartbreaking moments that Robyn has made her own since her eponymous album dropped about five years ago.
As with ‘Be Mine!’ and ‘With Every Heartbeat’, ‘Dancing On My Own’ simultaneously crackles with energy but also soaks istelf with real tears, Robyn imagining herself stood in the corner of a club whilst her former boyfriend starts a new relationship right in front of her eyes. Over a stuttering, pulsating beat and minimal clicks, Robyn laments, “I’m in the corner / Watching you kiss her / Oh, oh, oh” and it sounds like a heartbreak. The best bit is when the music falls away and it’s just Robyn and a piano, then the chorus comes back in and that beat erupts from nowhere and you want to leap about with snot and tears streaming down your face.
Meanwhile, this is a brilliant performance of ‘Fembot’ taken from some Swedish TV show: