These pieces, by (respectively) Scott Listfield, Jason Ratliff, Justin VanGenderen, Sam Ho, John Larriva and Phil Noto are part of the ReDiscovery art show, running until June 15th at Gauntlet Gallery, located at 1040 Larkin Street in San Francisco. More details available here.
Daft Punk, “Lose Yourself To Dance” (SIMØNE Remix)
A sped-up, loopified and disco-er version of one of the highlights of Random Access Memories? Yes, we will take that, SIMØNE! Thank you.
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Daft Punk attending the Monaco Grand Prix in support of their new album. Their label, Columbia, sponsored the Lotus F1 Team’s entry into the race.
Daft Punk unbox the first copy of Random Access Memories in their laboratory.
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First of all, the stream available from iTunes is only 192kbps. We’re not giving the record a full assessment until we can hear it loudly at 320kbps or directly from CD or vinyl. (We can tell because we are terrible people who are snobs about sound quality.)
Secondly, a lot of the commentary we’re seeing seems to be from people who expected Daft Punk to make an album that wasn’t this one, despite months of interviews and discussions where they specifically cited yacht rock and disco as the primary influences on Random Access Memories. Guys, they made the album they said they were going to make. If you expected Discovery II, you were going to be disappointed from the outset. We don’t really feel that badly for you, bro.
Finally (and related to the second item), we think the duo is more interested in songwriting and craft than making an entirely new sound. Maybe it’s because of the way dance culture works; as a “scene,” we’re always more responsive to something that’s a technical advancement versus a nicely-put-together example of the form.
We hear Daft Punk all over the record, not in the bits and bytes, but in the musicianship and care put into the final product.
(For the record, from our first impressions: “Giorgio By Moroder.” It’s a tribute to the man that manages to do something original while still sounding utterly Moroderesque.)
Stardust, “Music Sounds Better With You” (Giraffage Remix)
Facebook milestones mean that we get freebies from producers we like. San Francisco-based Giraffage tweaked a house classic and made it into a blissed-out piece of glitchy house. We like it; you probably will too.
Daft Punk, “Get Lucky” (Drop Out Orchestra Remix)
Literally, literally everyone and their brother in the dance scene has remixed “Get Lucky” by this point and you have to do something pretty special to get our attention. Drop Out Orchestra do a dubbed-out, string-laden take that certainly qualifies and it’s a free download. So you know what to do, right? Right.