Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Daft Punk - Random Access Memories (Columbia)

Okay, here goes...

I've had a couple of days to digest the new Daft Punk album 'Random Access Memories' which was unleashed on the world via an iTunes stream earlier this week (as well as the inevitable leak via a well known file sharing site). Rather than get into the debate, I've just been trying to absorb what's set to be one of the music events of the year, regardless of what side of the fence you might be on currently.

This exercise has bought me to one conclusion: it's impossible to judge the merits of this new album on a few day's play, as compared to Daft Punk's previous longplayers which have now had years to settle into the psyche of their fanbase.

For me, this album is more of a grower than Human After All, Discovery or Homework, which were all peppered with instant club hits. This plays more like a true artist album the duo have no doubt been waiting to write for years. A coming of age story, this new 13-tracker showcases a new, more mature Daft Punk sound which places their biggest influences right at the forefront of every track (Giorgio Moroder, Nile Rodgers, Todd Edwards). It's almost a modern reinterpretation of the very sound they were sampling heavily in the earlier days, the whole album driven by live session work rather than filtered disco cuts that have dominated much of their sound for years.

Anyhow, I'm loving it. It's all there - that same fresh, innovative vibe, with all the trademark Daft Punk compression and vocoder work. A triumph - there, I said it.

Check one of my favourite cuts from the album - 'Lose Yourself To Dance'. Be sure to catch the killer Chic-esque lead guitar - lovely.

'Random Access Memories' is out via Columbia on 17th May. |
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