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Daft Punk

In similar company with new-school French progressive dance artists such as Motorbass, Air, Cassius, and Dimitri from Paris,Parisian duo Daft Punk quickly rose to acclaim by adapting a love for first-wave acid house and techno to their younger rootsin pop, indie rock, and hip-hop. The combined talents of DJs Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, the pair'sfirst projects together included Darling, a voiceless indie cover band; their current recording name derives from a review inU.K. music weekly Melody Maker of a compilation tape Darling were featured on, released by Krautrock revi ...read more

In similar company with new-school French progressive dance artists such as Motorbass, Air, Cassius, and Dimitri from Paris,Parisian duo Daft Punk quickly rose to acclaim by adapting a love for first-wave acid house and techno to their younger rootsin pop, indie rock, and hip-hop. The combined talents of DJs Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, the pair'sfirst projects together included Darling, a voiceless indie cover band; their current recording name derives from a review inU.K. music weekly Melody Maker of a compilation tape Darling were featured on, released by Krautrock revivalists Stereolab(their lo-fi D.I.Y. cover of a Beach Boys song was derided as "daft punk"). Subsequently ditching the almost inevitablecreative cul-de-sac of rock for the more appealing rush of the dancefloor, the pair released their debut single, "The NewWave," in 1993 on the celebrated Soma label. Instantly hailed by the dance music press as the work of a new breed of houseinnovators, the single was followed by "Da Funk," the band's first true hit (the record sold 30,000 copies worldwide and sawthorough rinsings by everyone from Kris Needs to the Chemical Brothers).

Although the group had only released a trio of singles ("The New Wave" and "Da Funk," as well as the 1996 limited pressing of"Musique"), in early 1996 Daft Punk were the subject of a minor bidding war. The group eventually signed with Virgin, with itsfirst long-player, Homework, appearing early the following year (a brief preview of the album, "Musique," was also featured onthe Virgin compilation Wipeout XL next to tracks from Photek, Future Sound of London, the Chemical Brothers, and SourceDirect). As with the earlier singles, the group's sound is a brazen, dancefloor-oriented blend of progressive house, funk,electro, and techno, with sprinklings of hip-hop-styled breakbeats and excessive, crowd-firing samples similar to otheranthemic dance-fusion acts such as the Chemical Brothers and Monkey Mafia. In addition to his role in Daft Punk, Bangalteroperates the Roulé label and has recorded under his own name (the underground smash "Trax on da Rocks") as well asStardust (the huge club/commercial hit "Music Sounds Better with You").

After four long years of fans eagerly awaiting a follow-up to their brilliant debut, Daft Punk finally issued Discovery in March2001. The live record Alive 1997 followed at the end of the year, and a by-now predictable four-year wait preceded therelease of Human After All in early 2005. One year later, Daft Punk released a compilation, Musique, Vol. 1: 1993-2005, and in2007 their second live record, Alive 2007, arrived. The album and its single "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" won GrammyAwards early in 2009; shortly after, it was announced that the duo would compose the soundtrack to Tron: Legacy, thesequel to the 1982 classic sci-fi film Tron. Daft Punk's music for the movie was released in November 2010, shortly before thefilm -- which featured the group in a cameo -- arrived in theaters. Early in 2013, Daft Punk announced that they planned tohave a new album released by May of that year. That March, the duo announced the album's title, Random Access Memories,and launched an extensive press campaign that featured snippets of the album's lead single, "Get Lucky," and interviews withsome of their collaborators, which included Nile Rodgers, Paul Williams, Giorgio Moroder, and Panda Bear. The single wasofficially released in April, and Random Access Memories arrived in May. « hide

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Random Access Memories
05/17/2013

3.5
1,207 Votes
Human After All
2005

3.1
768 Votes
Discovery
2001

4.1
1,773 Votes
Homework
1997

3.7
890 Votes
Live Albums
Alive 2007
2007

4.3
561 Votes
Alive 1997
2001

3.9
72 Votes
Compilations
Tron Legacy: Reconfigured
2011

3.3
90 Votes
Tron: Legacy
2010

3.4
359 Votes
Musique Vol. 1 (1993-2005)
2006

3.7
74 Votes
Human After All: Remixes
2006

2.6
21 Votes
Daft Club
2004

2.6
62 Votes

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