When you see somebody has done a bootleg remix of the bonus track on Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’, you can’t help but think some degree of cynicism on the creators part is involved. And, that’s because it’s become a cheap way to generate stats. Credit where credit is due as Henry Saiz has done a really good job with ‘Horizon’ and you can tell he’s put a fair bit of effort into it. It might be a tad too ‘feels’ for some and I’ll admit it doesn’t immediately grab you. When it does though, it’ll grab you in a rather nice way.
“by some margin Daft Punk’s best album in a career that’s already redefined dance music at least twice. It is, in short, a mind blower.”
- Q Magazine.
“an exciting journey, and one that, for all its musical twists and turns, has its feet planted on the dancefloor.”
- The Independent
“It felt like a major event before its release: more incredibly, it still does once you’ve heard it.”
- The Guardian
Daft Punk’s fourth album, ‘Random Access Memories‘ is none of these things. It’s an album that is quite simply, ‘alright’. I have to say I am a bit baffled by the unofficial competition that journalists and musicians related to Daft Punk are having to give the most sycophantic praise to them. They should already know that DJ Falcon has won the competition…
“There were all these handicapped people with their families in the front, and they were so happy,“. “At some point, I was wondering if they were going to stand up and start walking, like a miracle!”
- DJ Falcon, talking about Alive 2007
The album opens with “Give Life Back to Music“, a track that has an intro that is remarkably similar to the Pokemon theme tune, it quickly descends into a track that wouldn’t be out of place in a Sofa advert. It’s alright, I guess. Something a bit odd about a Robotic voice saying, “Let the music come to life, give life back to music“, it just seems to be a contradiction.
“Game Of Love” is a bit like a slower version of “Something About Us”, it’s ok… I kinda skipped it a fair bit on repeat plays. “Giorgio by Moroder” is one of the more above-average tracks on the album. It’s essentially Daft Punk getting a chance at doing their own version of Moroder’s classic track, “The Chase” and they don’t fail, here they deliver a very strong 9 minutes of pulsating synths that ends nicely with touch of strings to add to the ‘epic’ feeling of the track.
My name is Giovanni Giorgio, But everybody calls me…. (•_•) ( •_•)>⌐■-■ (⌐■_■) Giorgio
“Within” is another slow and sad love song, I’m pretty sure they didn’t intend me to think of “Pearl Habour Sucks” from Team America when listening to it.
‘Instant Crush’” is vocodered pop-rock in the style of American acts like Christopher Cross and Michael McDonald. Again, this is ‘alright’. Maybe this one left me underwhelmed as I’ve heard much better versions of this ‘updated’. Acts such as Nightwaves and Walter Sobcek actually sound better and more polished in my opinion. Whilst ‘Lose Yourself To Dance‘ highlights a problem that runs throughout Random Access Memories. Sometimes, it sounds like Daft Punk are guesting on their own record. This is pretty much a Nile Rodgers + Pharrell Williams track with Daft Punk thrown on at the end, it doesn’t sound that natural, their contribution to the track really does sound like they are having to remind you it’s their album. Once again, it’s not a bad track or anything, it’s just…. ‘alright’.
Not really relevant to this review, still, I wanted to post it.
‘Touch’” is the first moment on the album where I started to feel like they were taking the piss a little. It’s incredibly self-indulgent Jazz-Hands musical stuff. I know in all the press releases that it says the collaborator on this, Paul Williams is a genius. However, that doesn’t mean I have to think he’s a genius on this track, he might be on some other songs, I don’t know…. not really going to adventure that and find out on the basis of this though. It’s also probably not worth saying anything on ‘Get Lucky‘, the arrangement is just as dodgy on the album as it is on the Radio Edit if you wondered.
This still amuses me though, sorry. :p
‘Beyond‘ and ‘Motherboard’ are the definition of ‘album filler’, floaty pieces of music that keep your attention… just. It does make you appreciate the albums final three tracks though, as they are all quite good. ‘Fragments Of Time‘ is Todd Edwards doing a very good impression of The Doobie Brothers and it’s good guilty pleasure pop. ‘Doin It Right‘ sees Panda Bear writing Daft Punk an endearing fan-letter in the form of music and ‘Contact‘ is a nice War Of The Worlds-esque album finisher. This is pretty much the section of the album I suspect everybody is really listening to.
So, overall, Daft Punk returned and it was quite average. In some ways, I would have preferred to hate it because that would mean it elicited an emotion from me and that’s better than nothing, oh well. The only other thing I have to say is… everybody being all smug about people who expected a more ‘dancey’ album… I mean, given their previous material, that’s not really an unreasonable expectation, is it?
Not long till Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’ is released, due to not that surprising circumstances you can now hear the album in full on iTunes. Just click here or here and if that doesn’t work just go into iTunes and hit Daft Punk’s artist page. Or, just listen in the player below… so many options.
いよいよDaft Punk のニューアルバム ‘Random Access Memories’ のリリースが迫ってきました。 とあるアクシデントもありまして、只今 iTunes にてフルストリームが可能となっています。ココ か ココ、もしも上手くいかなかったら iTunes のDaft Punk のアーティストページに行ってみましょう。若しくはこの下でも聞けます。
Is it any good? Well, lets be honest. It’s too early to say. However, if it’s a quick snap-judgment you want. The track with Panda ‘Not A Real Panda‘ Bear, ‘Doin It Right‘ is actually really good. As is, ‘Giorgio By Moroder‘ and ‘Contact‘. Have fun.
さて感想はいかがですか？正直今の段階で感想を述べるのは早すぎです。まぁ敢えて言うのなら、 Panda ‘Not A Real Panda‘ Bear との ‘Doin It Right‘ は予想とは違ってとっても良い感じ。そして ’Giorgio By Moroder‘ や ‘Contact‘ も気になるトラックです。まぁ自分の耳でお確かめくだされ。
So, the ‘leak’ of Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky‘ that was circulating yesterday turned out to be the real thing. I have to admit, I was one of those who wasn’t convinced by it, y’know with radio edits not really being around 4 minutes long, oh well.
どうやら昨日出回っていたDaft Punk の ’Get Lucky‘ は今日リリースされたものだったようです。実は昨日の時点ではこのバージョンは誰かが適当に作ったものだと思ってたんですが、まさかこれが本当のRadio Edit だったなんて…。まぁどうしようもないんですけど。
It’s alright and of course, it’s nice to have them back. But, the song seems to have suffered a little from being structurally butchered for the radio edit (I hope that’s the case anyway) and that synth so-lol at the end, jesus. =/
Daft Punk are back. This isn’t news to anybody, I know. The duo announced their return with a staggering 16 seconds of audiofrom their new album during an advert break for Saturday Night Live. If you missed this momentous event, you can view it in all it’s glory, below.
So, lets start with the good we can take from this MAMMOTH clip. Namely, it sounds a fair bit like a Nile Rodgers production, which is good, that’s probably why they got him in to work on the album. Other than that, not much to say really… it probably means some sort of single is on the way quite soon and I’m genuinely excited about that.
‘Excited’, now theres an interesting word. And that’s what a very special guy wants to talk to you about…
Hi. I’m Harold Bishop, I’ve made a name for myself over the last two decades for my ability to spot the best EDM talent around. Daft Punk are my good friends, I’ve heard all their demos and they make me sandwiches when I come to visit. With their help I’ve written a handy guide on how to enjoy their forthcoming new material in a sensible manner.
Contrary to popular belief, Daft Punk have never leaked any material online. They are professionals. Charlatan music websites and blogs would have you believe otherwise. This is because they are lazy cunts who think Daft Punk fans will accept any old shit. Don’t be fooled by well-established name websites either, names you grew-up trusting in magazine form are the worst for disinformation these days. If it’s ‘exclusive’ and ‘leaked’ then it’s probably ‘false’ and ‘lame’.
I know what you are thinking right now, “How am I meant to know the new Daft Punk album is out with no internet?!!”.
The answer is simple and today, I can exclusively reveal the way Daft Punk will all let us know when the new album is out….
Daft Punk will be projecting a signal into the sky the day before their album is released. So, remember to check every night around 10pm. If you live in a city which is polluted and you can’t see the sky, then I guess it’s just about acceptable to keep tabs on the Sony Columbia website, the label that will be releasing the album.
Other ways you can get sensibly excited for the Daft Punk album: Pre-Order it blindly, without listening to any ‘leaks’ or ‘snippets’. That way it will be really exciting on the day of purchase.
Don’t listen to unofficial remixes based on snippets, they are godawful and you deserve better.The very fact we have things called ‘Daft Punk – SNL AD Remix’ is just… NO.
Revisit previous albums and get all nostalgic about how good they are.
Allen Walker‘s ‘ReWrite’ of Digital Love has been around in varying forms for about a year, somewhere along the line brought Le Pimp onboard and even now, the remix is only 2:30 in length. Still, it’s fun while it lasts..
Allen WalkerによるDigital Loveの ’ReWrite’は変化はあるものの、最初にアップロードされてから1年くらいは経っています。そしていつからかLe Pimpも加わった様で、今のバージョンは2分30秒と短いんですが中々面白い物になっています。