Röyksopp consists of 2 Norwegian electronica producers, who make music revolving around trip hop and downtempo focused styles.
“Eple” is very chilled out, but somewhat unfairly has been appropriated by various corporations for use as background music. It does a great job at providing unobtrusive background noise, sure.
But it’s a really engaging song, layering a sample from “You’re Right As Right” by Bob James (released in 1975 on Two) with an airy breakbeat and cosmic sounding pad.
They take the original sample, sedate as it was, and injects it with new life and energy. It was a catchy enough sample, but sounds so much better sped up with a breakbeat.
Interestingly, “Eple” means “Apple” in Norwegian, and the company Apple have used it in their software.
The song was released in 2001 on the duo’s debut album Melody A.M., which for some reason was most popular by far in the U.K.