Artists of the Week: Daft Punk
Daft Punk (1992) is an electronic music duo formed by musicians Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter and the most successful act of the French progressive dance scene that exploded in Europe in the mid-nineties, which featured artists such as Air, Cassius, Dimitri From Paris and Motorbass.
Their unique blend of progressive house, funk, electro, techno and hip-hop beats over omnipresent vocoder emulated vocals became their signature sound and produced global dancefloor hits such as «Da Funk», «Around The World» (from 1997’s Homework), «One More Time» and «Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger» (from 2001’s Discovery). Though the minimal and punkish approach on their third record (2005’s Human After All) deserved their first mixed-reviews, the duo’s profile kept growing globally thanks to the release of their movie Electrorama (2006), high-profile sampling of their records (Kanye West, Missy Elliott and Janet Jackson, just to name a few), world tours that produced two classic live records (Alive 1997 and Alive 2010) and the scoring of a cult movie’s sequel (2010’s Tron: Legacy).
Random Access Memories, their long-awaited fourth original album, is a surprising record for the duo standards: a full analog and fascinating beast with no synthesizers (and only a couple of sampled sounds) performed by a top-notch vintage band and deluxe collaborators that include Nile Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder, Pharell Williams, Julian Casablancas, Paul Williams, Panda Bear, Gonzalez and Tedd Edwards.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.