Tuesday 28 May 2013

Daft Punk: Random Access Memories

I downloaded the new Daft Punk album last week. I've finally got to that stage where I now download music rather than going to record shops and buying CDs.

It's been a long wait for this album, 8 years since Human After All which nobody seems to have any great love for. So for the likes of myself, it's been a wait of 12 years since Discovery for a true Daft Punk album to come out.

The Guardian seems obsessed with the new album. There's a Daft Punk article everyday on its website. Many critics seem to be focusing on how Daft Punk have brought back the disco sound of the late 70s. They haven't!

Those of us who know our dance music, particularly House music know that disco has never gone away. Its style and influence has always remained and it continues to be a major influence on dance and electronic music culture.

Instant Crush - my favourite track from the album.

As a dance music aficionado, I've always 'got' Daft Punk. All their records make perfect sense to me. I know all their influences and reference points because they share the same influences and reference points as me.

Their influences are in classic House music, techno, disco, soft rock and pop. I understand it all.

What I love about this album is the collaborations between Daft Punk and other artists. It's not a coincidence that many of these artist are people I've followed and loved for many years.

There's Pharrell Williams from NERD, who I love. The legend that is Giorgio Moroder most famously known for the Donna Summer classic 'I Feel Love'. Todd Edwards, one of my favourite House & Garage producers, and finally the guitar sounds of Chic's Nile Rogers on the hit single Get Lucky.

By coincidence I've just finished reading Nile Rogers' autobiography Le Freak, a truly incredible life and music career from a hugely influential musician and producer.

Any album bringing these talents together was always going to be something I would love and I haven't been disappointed!

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