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Daft Punk – Random Access Memories album review

Daft Punk’s latest, Random Access Memories is a far cry from the fist pumping electronic repertoire that revolutionized dance music in the 90s. And if you’re trying to relive the days of pay per call music video stations through nostalgic songs like “Around The World,” you’ll be surprised to know you won’t find that here. In fact, one of the main underlying elements of this album is surprise. The French duo has graduated to introspection and wows us by ditching the predictable and drawing from the musical inspirations that made them. The finished product is an ode to music—a complete embodiment of a simple deep-rooted passion.

Random Access Memories is a mash-up of genres past. It’s a touch of the oldies meets disco heaven meets progressive rock and Daft Punk pays homage with groovy instrumentation, smooth guitar riffs, synthesized keyboards and gentle percussion, never neglecting that touch of Zapp and Rogers, Donna Summer, or Phil Collins on any track. In fact, the best way Daft Punk pays tribute to their inspiration is through the instrumentation. Although some of songs on the albums are merely fillers, each track comes together to create a magnificent body of work, cohesive in concept and instrumentation, and consistent in conveying the concept of inspiration.

The album opens up with a very fitting track, “Give Life Back To Music.” It’s funky. “The Game of Love” is a slinky and hypnotic follow up and though like most of the tracks, it’s grossly repetitive, it’s quite possibly the best song on the first half of the album and will give anybody that feeling of love in summertime. “Giorgio by Moroder” is Daft Punk’s testament to their love for music. The 9:05 track features an inspiring monologue by Italian dance music pioneer Giorgio Moroder paired with funkadelic keys and guitar sequences. It’s touching. Daft Punk also teams up with Pharrell on a couple of the numbers, which is less impressionable, and though his features are forgettable, it’s nice to hear Daft Punk pair the present with their influences of the past.

The album really picks up past the 5th track, shifting from the elements of love and inspiration to the carefree and almost futuristic. The first few seconds of “Beyond” sounds like the beginning of an epic space cartoon saga, and the song that follows it is aptly called “Motherboard.” But surprisingly, it isn’t brash, or boisterous. There’s no over-usage of the horns and it’s nice to hear a contemporary group use an oboe and get it right. Two thumbs up for music theory 101.

What’s best about this album is what it borrows without misappropriating. It’s a cohesive body of work, with a diverse range of emotion. Each new song acts as its own piece, introducing you to another idea with the end of each track. Random Access Memories borrows, not to play with cool sounds, but to convey the instruments of their inspiration in a way that you doesn’t have to bring back Studio 54. The commercial success is well deserved.

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DAFT PUNK TO PLAY THEIR FINAL AMERICAN SHOW OF THE HIGHLY ACCLAIMED ALIVE 2007 TOUR IN LAS VEGAS ON OCTOBER 27th at VEGOOSE FEST

DAFT PUNK TO PLAY THEIR FINAL AMERICAN SHOW OF THE HIGHLY ACCLAIMED “ALIVE 2007” TOUR IN LAS VEGAS ON OCTOBER 27th at VEGOOSE FEST

The response from fans and critics alike to Daft Punk’s 2007 tour has been overwhelming and the American leg of this historical jaunt will conclude in Las Vegas in late October. In an apropos setting amidst mountains and the famed city of lights the legendary duo will one last time bring their visual and audio monument to an American audience with fans converging on the desert from all over the country for the final showing.

“Daft Punk’s Mind-Blowing Tour Continues” -PITCHFORK

“There won’t be better music all weekend, nor will be there be a more visually alluring performance or one that seems like more of an event. Daft Punk will win the weekend on all accounts” -PITCHFORK review of Lollapalooza 2007

” … the fact seems inarguable: it’s 2007, and Daft Punk is bigger than ever” -THE NEW YORK TIMES

“Daft Punk: The greatest show on earth” -METROMIX Los Angeles show review

“With a eye-scorching (lights! LCD screens! lasers!) and mysterious (helmets! huge pyramid!) stage show, the group’s set is being heralded as the show of summer 2007.” -ROLLING STONE

OCTOBER 27th DAFT PUNK WITH…
Battles
Blonde Redhead
Cypress Hill
Gogol Bordello
Iggy & The Stooges
Lupe Fiasco
I.A. / Maya Arulpragasam
Mastodon
Public Enemy
Queens Of The Stone Age
Sound Tribe Sector 9 (STS9)
The Shins
Thievery Corporation

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DAFT PUNK’S ELECTROMA SELLS OUT NEW YORK CITY, MORE SCREENINGS ANNOUNCED NATIONWIDE

THE MIDNIGHT MOVIE IS BACK:
Daft Punk‘S Electroma SELLS OUT NEW YORK CITY, MORE SCREENINGS ANNOUNCED NATIONWIDE

DVD TO BE RELEASED JANUARY 2008 ON VICE RECORDS

Daft Punk is doing for midnight movies what the French electronica maestros did for disco: injecting the faded genre with their own brand of vitamin Cool.” -WIRED
The cult midnight movie is back and Daft Punk‘s directorial debut is shaping up to be a coast-to-coast hit. After sell-out screenings in Los Angeles, Miami, Austin, and San Francisco, Daft Punk‘S Electroma sold out two midnight New York City engagements and was held over for repeat screenings on 8/24 and 8/25.

“It’s 2007, and Daft Punk is bigger than ever,” declared The New York Times on August 11. Their sold-out arena tour has been called one of the best ever, a live album is in stores November, Kayne West’s Daft Punk-sampling track is a radio smash, and the video is up for the MTV Video Award for Best Video Of The Year. Meanwhile their challenging debut feature film is attracting audiences at midnight screenings nationwide.

More press on Electroma:
Daft Punk‘s widescreen debut is a beautiful, sun-blushed nugget of cinema” – THE GUARDIAN

“A piece of visceral art free from the traditional foundations of narrative filmmaking. It’s a fully imagined experience.” – ANTHEM