Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Pre - RAM

Sit Down. Shut Up. Listen.

Daft Punk are back.

This is a big deal. I mean a BIG deal. A REALLY BIG DEAL. Not just for me and my fellow Electro heads - but for the music industry - let me explain:

1997 - Homeworkhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0mtZapDH_Y - A brilliant debut. They defined not just their own identity, but dance / club music as a whole. I have never listened to an album since that has taken me to so many different places, from the clubs of Paris to the streets of New York. The quality of the production set the bar for years to come, but their unique sound hasn't been matched since. This was only a taster for what was to come ...

2001 - Discoveryhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJr2SVFTI1o - Every act has their masterpiece; Daft Punk's is their second LP, and has by far the best opening 4 tracks of any dance album - One More Time, Aerodynamic, Digital Love and Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger. The bands most creative record to date will always be in my personal music hall of fame and is highly regarded by many critics as a truly outstanding showcase of the French duo's talents ...

2005 - Human After Allhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wh6Vh0xL0uI - Despite some people claiming this album to be nothing more than a contractual obligation, I believe a darker, much rockier Daft Punk emerged here. Sounding fantastic 2 years later at Alive 2007, this is an album for the digital era, highlighting our over dependence on technology, with the ability to poke fun at itself with an ironic title, considering the record is the most manufactured they have ever made. It went on to influence acts such as Justice and many others like them. This album is not to be taken lightly ...

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Silence. There was no album on 09/09/09 as predicted, but, solace at last ...

2010 - Tron:Legacy Soundtrack - Great film, and a mighty fine return to the studio. With the assistance of an orchestra, this further showcased Daft Punk's ability to diversify and innovate their sound ...

But this wasn't an LP. This wasn't their story. It was Disney's ...

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Spring 2013 - Random Access Memories - Daft Punk sign to Columbia Records - this ain't no hoax this time. It's eight years since a proper studio album from the duo. They didn't have to make an album. They had no contract to oblige to. They chose to come back for the fun of it, because they enjoy being bad ass futuristic disco robots. They have worked on it for 3 years and have a whole host of collaborators and dance icons involved. 13 Tracks and 74 minutes later, they have an album as long and probably as intricate as Homework, with 70's and 80's influences similar to Discovery . Too much EDM is manufactured nowadays to sound robotic - possibly a response to Human After All - but RAM is said to bring soul back to dance music - this could well be their finest ever record!


Whatever you think of Daft Punk, let me tell you - This new record will innovate their distinct sound even more, tell us where dance music is heading and influence many more bands in the coming years.

Random Access Memories is released 20th May (UK)

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