Last year, we reported that Stardust were to re-master their 1998 French house classic ‘Music Sounds Better With You’ for a 20th-anniversary reissue. The release date has now been confirmed, with the classic re-master set to land via Because Music on Friday 28th June.
The ‘Music Sounds Better With You’ 20th-anniversary reissue will be available as a 12" vinyl, as well as the track being made available on digital platforms for the first time.
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.
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’s Thomas Bangalter has penned an exclusive cut as part of the soundtrack to a new film by Gaspar Noé, titled Climax.
The new track, which is titled ‘Sangria’, is set to appear in the flick alongside previously heard tune ‘What to Do’ and Daft Punk classic ‘Rollin’ and Scratchin'.
The film — which made its debut at Cannes Film Festival earlier this month — also features well-known tracks from Aphex Twin (‘Windowlicker’), Cerrone (‘Supernature’) and Little Louis (‘French Kiss’) among others.
Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter was enlisted by Grammy Award winners Arcade Fire to serve as co-producer on their forthcoming full-length album ‘Everything Now’.
The announcement was accompanied by the titular track’s visual treatment. Bangalter shares production duties on the track with Arcade Fire (led by Win Butler) and Steve Mackey, with Markus Davs being credited as co-producer.
The 13-track album will be released 28th July under a new partnership between Arcade Fire’s “global media and e-commerce platform Everything Now” and Sony/Columbia.