rkss has released a new collection of tracks reimagining and manipulating Top 40 dance cuts by the likes of Daft Punk, Swedish House Mafia and Underworld.
The collection, entitled ‘Illegal Material’, can be downloaded for free via Mediafire.
Erol Alkan has teased his first solo material in five years.
The Phantasy Sound bossman unveiled an edited version of 'Silver Echoes' last week, which will officially arrive on Friday 9th November, via his imprint.
The teaser fo a new Thomas Bangalter track emerged online earlier this month (October), in 'Riga (Take 5)', which was reportedly recorded in one take.
Now the full version has been shared online. You can listen to it below.
A new Thomas Bangalter track has just emerged online - apparently recorded in one take, it’s an acid techno belter.
One half of Daft Punk, the producer earned credits on the soundtrack to 2017 French film Riga (Take 1), and has continued his composition work on movies, more recently crafting music for the Gaspar Noé film Climax.
It is not too much of an exaggeration to say that dance music entered a brave new world on February 26, 2001, when Daft Punk released their second album. ‘Discovery’ is one of the most important dance music releases of this, or any era; a record that anticipated the digital music age, the pivotal importance of video content and the growth of the online fan club; a record that sounded like nothing else and yet helped to usher in both EDM and the subsequent soft rock boom.
'Discovery’, like many truly great albums, was hard to understand at first. It moved on the Daft Punk sound in ways that initially sounded preposterous, bringing guitar licks, yacht rock, gilded vocal effects, baroque pop, dissolving electro beats and — will someone think of the children? — Barry Manilow samples to a world that was unprepared for their impact. The first time many fans heard ‘Discovery’, they were perhaps more bemused than impressed, unsure if they even understood, let alone liked, the new direction that the band was going in.
Evidently, this writer wasn’t the only one paying attention to ‘Discovery’. For a time, soft rock samples became commonplace in dance music, imbuing songs such as Armand van Helden’s ‘My My My’ (which samples rocker Gary Wright’s ‘Comin’ Apart’) and Eric Prydz’s ‘Call On Me’ (based on Steve Winwood’s 1982 MOR classic ‘Valerie’) with a little of ‘Discovery’s hard-polished soul.
Can it really be coincidence that a song entitled ‘Too Long’ is, in fact, too long?
Then there was Daft Punk themselves. In the run up to ‘Discovery’’s release, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo took on the guise of robots, pretending that the flesh and blood members of Daft Punk had been injured in a studio accident. At the time it seemed slightly ridiculous, a fun trick that would be jettisoned when the band’s next album cycle came around.
Daft Punk and The Weeknd are being sued for alleged plagiarism in their 2016 single, ‘Starboy’.
The globally chart topping track, which appeared on The Weeknd’s album of the same name, was the first single of two that would feature the French duo. The track went on to be certified platinum worldwide and sold over 6 million copies in the US alone.
The first techno record played entirely by robots has been made by award-winning engineer and media artist Moritz Simon Geist, AKA Sonic Robots.
In a fittingly logical fashion, the full album is entitled 'Robotic Electronic Music', and has been produced by Andi Thoma of decade-spanning electronic outfit Mouse On Mars. It's slated for release on 16th November, with a preceding EP dropping in October.
The Gaspar Noé film Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter contributed towards has a trailer.
Daft Punk are the subject of a new book that claims to provide “vital insight into how the duo achieved unparalleled success without compromising artistic integrity or musical vision”.
A Daft Punk orchestra has announced its first show will take place in Glasgow on Thursday 13th September.
The 13-piece orchestra will perform their debut show at the city’s Saint Luke's & The Winged Ox.
Daft Punk, made up of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, were originally signed to Glasgow-based label Soma Records.