Daft Punk Clones Disco Funk With Robotic Twist In ‘Random Access Memories’


The French duo produces another excellent album that mashes up numerous genres with extreme effectiveness.


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Daft Punk is one of the few artists who can make music that will never let you down. Don’t think for one second that the French duo will make an album that disappoints.

Their newest album, “Random Access Memories,” mixes their classic electronic sound with disco flavor — the composers were born in the 1970s so it’s not like they were around to experience “Saturday Night Fever,” bell bottoms and extreme afros as adults.

The mixture works. Of course it does, it’s Daft Punk. They didn’t work alone as they collaborated with other composers and musicians to pump out another classic. Although this album isn’t as electronic as previous efforts, the Daft Punk flavor is strong.

Just listening to the tracks lets you know Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangaiter (Daft Punk’s real names, although you’ll never see their faces as their heads are hidden by robotic helmets all the time) are representing their best work.

The composers of “Technologic” and “One More Time” liven up their tunes with classic electronic sound, but show much more of their repertoire in “Random Access Memories.” Daft Punk’s last album was the “Tron: Legacy” soundtrack in 2010; it was a fine example of their musical talents, but it wasn’t 100 percent theirs.

“Random Access Memories” is all them. It’s hard to categorize Daft Punk’s music. Disco would be appropriate. So would electronic. Yet it’s listed as pop. All of those genres and others are contained in the 13-track set.

“Within” is a slow jam with the robotic voice that Daft Punk is known for. “Instant Crush” featuring Julian Casablancas one of those catchy songs that gets more “technologic” as it plays. These two songs are classic Daft Punk cuts.

Pharell Williams teams up on “Lose Yourself to Dance” and “Get Lucky.” These are arguably the best songs on the album and thanks to Pharell, the most commercially appealing. These are the ones you’ll hear on the radio, in the clubs and at sporting events in 2013 and beyond.

“Touch” featuring Paul Williams in a unique smorgasbord of genres crammed into one track. At 8 minutes and 19 seconds, it starts off slow, speeds up the tempo then slows down into completely unrelated tunes. The mash-up is the type of song you could only hear from Daft Punk and still sound great.

The final song of the album is “Contact,” a furious combination of electronic, pop and rock set to a spaceship exploration theme. It is definitely the proper way to close out another excellent Daft Punk album.

Here is “Get Lucky,” the album’s most popular track so far.



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