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“The two Darlin’ tracks are a daft punky thrash.” -Dave Jennings, Melody Maker Magazine
That’s what Dave Jennings of Melody Maker Magazine said about Daft Punk’s former band, Darlin’. Amazing isn’t it? One statement influenced two individuals to form one of the greatest musical duos of all time. Fast forward 20 years and now the Frenchmen are receiving multiple Grammy’s, playing alongside Stevie Wonder in an eclectic performance, and much more. Imagine a world without Daft Punk! I can’t. Let’s take a look into Daft Punk’s presence over the years.
The debut album. Really, Homework started it all. Think of the world without tracks like Revolution 909, Da Funk, or Around The World. These songs shaped electronic music for the latter part of the 90s, combining genres like electro, techno, acid house, and more. Ultimately, Homework brought a significant amount of attention to french house music, spawning a new era of electronic music production.
What a follow-up to Homework! Discovery, in itself, was amazing – compare it to Daft Punk’s debut album, though, and you’ll hear a change in direction. While tracks, like One More Time and Digital Love, introduce the Parisian duo’s electro/disco sound, Aerodynamic fuses elements of rock with french house. All in all, this album is full of iconic songs – One More Time, Aerodynamic, Digital Love, Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger, Crescendolls, Superheroes, Something About Us, Voyager, and Face to Face are my favorites. What are yours?
Human After All (2005)
Human After All felt like a huge revival of the original Daft Punk sound (referring to Homework, in particular). Robot Rock and The Prime Time of Your Life were the two main anthems of this album (in my opinion). I can’t remember a time where I couldn’t throw on Robot Rock and see everyone go crazy. Though critics had mixed reviews, I think that may have been the duo’s intent – part of creating a unique style lies within a producer’s will to stray away from the standard or popular sound. This is something that the group does well, especially in the Random Access Memories album.
Tron: Legacy (2010)
Such a wicked soundtrack for a classic movie! Disney couldn’t have had two better producers on their side for this remake. Light cycles and computer generated beings aside, Derezzed was one of the tracks that pioneered support for the movie. I’m also a big fan of the range of atmospheres Daft Punk creates within each track. Just listen to the differences between Outlands and The Son of Flynn! Well, Dave Jennings – it sounds a bit better than “daft punky thrash.” I’ll say this. Once, I heard that Daft Punk was scoring the film, I knew I had to see it.
•ENCOM, Part I
•ENCOM, Part II
•Father and Son
•Outlands, Part II
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•Sea of Simulation
•ENCOM, Part I
•ENCOM, Part II
Random Access Memories (2013)
An update on our previous thoughts on Random Access Memories. Well, the album has been out for several months. I’ve had time to really listen to it and attempt to understand the french duo’s overall message. I think this can be summarized by the first track on the album, Give Life Back to Music. In recent months, many blogs (including ours) and critics have taken to social media to vent about contemporary electronic music – in specific, progressive and electro house. The Beatport Top 10 and other avenues of recognizing music have been present in many discussions, citing modern-day artist’s lack of creativity. That being said, I think Daft Punk’s message was to get back to the roots of music and start over again. Get Lucky, Touch, and Doin’ It Right are just some of the tracks that give the Parisian’s justice. If anything, the main purpose of this album was to urge artists to be creative and do something new.
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So, what has Daft Punk done for the world of music? Well, other than creating a little over 20 years worth of memories, I’d have to say the French duo have accomplished many things. They’ve won Grammy’s. They’ve played at some of the biggest venues with some of the biggest artists in the world. They are two of the biggest artists in the world. They’ve influenced electronic music, as a whole. But ultimately, they gave life back to music.