Release date: June 2010
Body Talk Pt. 1 is the fifth album by Swedish recording artist Robyn. It was released in Europe on 14 June 2010 and in the United States on 15 June. It is the first part of the Body Talk series, which consists of three mini-albums. The only (official) single, "Dancing on My Own", was released on 1 June 2010. It became Robyn's first number one hit in Sweden. It reached number three in the U.S. on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Songs chart, and became her fourth UK top ten hit, peaking at number eight. It also charted in Denmark, Norway, Belgium (Flanders) and Germany.
Body Talk Pt. 1 has peaked at number one in Sweden and number four in Denmark and Norway. In the U.S. it peaked at number three on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart.
In an interview with Swedish magazine Bon, Robyn announced that she had plans to release three new albums in 2010. She said, "I got all these great songs so why not? [...] It's been 5 years since Robyn and I didn't want to wait with a release until they are all recorded, so I decided to start putting them out right away." Robyn told Popjustice journalist Peter Robinson, "It's been a long time since I actually made a record! And I was thinking of how to shorten that time down and Eric, my manager, came up with the idea of what if I just start releasing songs, then I can tour them, then I can make some more songs. We started working like that. I think once it starts it will make more sense – you can just keep releasing stuff without the long breaks." The release of Body Talk Pt. 1 was announced on 6 April 2010, alongside the cover art and track listing. Robyn said that "the songs that are on the first album are simply the first ones that were finished."
Robyn began working on the album in July 2009 in Stockholm with Swedish producer Klas Åhlund, who also acts as the executive producer of the album.
In an interview with Pitchfork Robyn talked about the main lyrical theme of the album: "The whole album is about being really lonely, but I think it's interesting to put that idea in a club where a lot of people are crammed into a small room." She particularly wrote the song "Dancing on My Own" with that in mind, and continued, "I've been touring so much the last three years and spent a lot of time in clubs just watching people, and it became impossible to not use that lyric-- "dancing on my own"-- because it's such a beautiful picture." Robyn told Billboard that Body Talk Pt. 1 is "a record about the dancefloor", and elaborated: "It's a really important place for my generation. It's the new church. It's where people go to experience something bigger than themselves." A number of songs on the record were inspired by Robyn's "juvenile" state of mind and her outsider perspective. She said, "I'm always going to be writing about those issues, it's what I'm fascinated by but I also think there's something about the state of mind you find yourself in a lot when you're younger, and you just want to get out of somewhere. You just want to do something. Feel things!" She continued that despite her age, "I'm always going to feel like this person on the outside looking in." Another theme prevalent on the album is "technology versus humanity".
Robyn collaborated with Norwegian electronic music duo Röyksopp at their studio in Oslo on the song "None of Dem". American producer Diplo produced the song "Dancehall Queen" with Åhlund, which came together during a discussion of Ace of Base: "We were just having fun with that kind of genre music. And the idea of making this song came out of that discussion. It was fun. We really connected on something where music that you might put in one box becomes something else, depending on how you look at it." On the decision to record a dancehall inspired song despite of Robyn's nationality she said, "In my world, there are people who have already pushed those boundaries [of crossing styles] forward enough for me to feel comfortable doing a song like "Dancehall Queen", so it's not a big deal to me." The last song on the album, "Jag vet en dejlig Rosa" is a recording of a traditional Swedish folk song, famously recorded by jazz singer Monica Zetterlund. Robyn said, "I always listened to her, and she made this classic jazz album in the 60s [Waltz for Debby] with Bill Evans, which was quite a spectacular thing in Sweden at that time. "Jag Vet en Dejlig Rosa" was one of the songs they did, and when [producer] Klas [Åhlund] and I were in the studio, he bought the exact same microphone that she recorded that album on. So we got all excited and decided to record the song."