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Daft Punk

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When Daft Punk announced they were releasing a new album eight years after 2005's Human After All, fans were starved for new material. The Tron: Legacy score indulged the duo's sci-fi fantasies but didn't offer much in the way of catchy songs, so when Random Access Memories' extensive publicity campaign featured tantalizing clips of a new single, "Get Lucky," their fan base exploded. But when the album finally arrived, that hugely hyped single was buried far down its track list, emphasizing that most of these songs are very much not like "Get Lucky" -- or a lot of the pair's previous music, at least on the surface. The album isn't much like 2010s EDM, either. Instead, Daft Punk separate themselves from most contemporary electronic music and how it's made, enlisting some of their biggest influences to help them get the sounds they needed without samples. On Homework's "Teachers," they reverently name-checked a massive list of musicians and producers. Here, they place themselves on equal footing with disco masterminds Nile Rodgers and Giorgio Moroder, who shares his thoughts on making music with wild guitar and synth solos trailing behind him on one of RAM's definitive moments, "Giorgio by Moroder." Elsewhere, Daft Punk celebrate their close relationship with indie music on the lovely "Doin' It Right," which makes the most of Panda Bear's boyish vocals, and on the Julian Casablancas cameo "Instant Crush," which is only slightly more electronic than the Strokes' Comedown Machine. And of course, Pharrell Williams is the avatar of their dancefloor mastery on the sweaty disco of "Lose Yourself to Dance" and "Get Lucky," which is so suave that it couldn't help but be an instant classic, albeit a somewhat nostalgic one. "Memories" is the album's keyword: As Daft Punk celebrate the late '70s and early '80s with deluxe homages like "Give Life Back to Music" -- one of several terrific showcases for Rodgers -- and the spot-on soft rock of the Todd Edwards collaboration "Fragments of Time," they tap into the wonder and excitement in that era's music. A particularly brilliant example is "Touch," where singer/songwriter Paul Williams conflates his work in Phantom of the Paradise and The Muppet Movie in the song's mystique, charm, and unabashed emotions. Daft Punk have never shied away from "uncool" influences or sentimentality, and both are on full display throughout Random Access Memories. It's the kind of grand, album rock statement that listeners of the '70s and '80s would have spent weeks or months dissecting and absorbing -- the ambition of Steely Dan, Alan Parsons, and Pink Floyd are as vital to the album as any of the duo's collaborators. For the casual Daft Punk fan, this album might be harder to love than "Get Lucky" hinted; it might be too nostalgic, too overblown, a shirking of the group's duty to rescue dance music from the Young Turks who cropped up in their absence. But Random Access Memories is also Daft Punk's most personal work, and richly rewarding for listeners willing to spend time with it.

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1
Give Life Back to Music
Daft Punk
00:04:35

Daft Punk, Performer - Daft Punk, Synthesizer - Daft Punk, Vocal - Thomas Bangalter, Composer - Thomas Bangalter, Lyricist - Thomas Bangalter, Other - Thomas Bangalter, Producer - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Composer - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Lyricist - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Other - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Producer - Paul Jackson Jr., Composer - Paul Jackson Jr., Guitar - Paul Jackson Jr., Lyricist - Nile Rodgers, Composer - Nile Rodgers, Guitar - Nile Rodgers, Lyricist - Greg Liesz, Steel Guitar - Chris Caswell, Keyboards - Chris Caswell, Other - Chilly Gonzales, Keyboards - Nathan East, Bass - John "JR" Robinson, Drums - Quinn, Percussion - Peter Franco, Assistant Engineer - Peter Franco, Recording Engineer - Mick Guzauski, Mixing Engineer - Mick Guzauski, Recording Engineer - Florian Lagatta, Recording Engineer - Daniel Lerner, Engineer - Seth Waldmann, Assistant Engineer - Seth Waldmann, Misc. Prod. - Cory Brice, Assistant Engineer - Nicolás Essig, Assistant Engineer - Eric Eylands, Assistant Engineer - Derek Karlquist, Assistant Engineer - Miguel Lara, Assistant Engineer - Mike Larson, Assistant Engineer - Kevin Mills, Assistant Engineer - Charlie Pakkari, Assistant Engineer - Bill Rahko, Assistant Engineer - Kyle Stevens, Assistant Engineer - Doug Tyo, Assistant Engineer - Eric Weaver, Assistant Engineer - Alana Da Fonseca, Recording Engineer - Phil Joly, Recording Engineer - Jean-Pierre Janiaud, Misc. Prod. - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Chab, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2013 Daft Life Limited under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
The Game of Love
Daft Punk
00:05:22

Daft Punk, Performer - Daft Punk, Synthesizer - Daft Punk, Vocal - Thomas Bangalter, Composer - Thomas Bangalter, Lyricist - Thomas Bangalter, Other - Thomas Bangalter, Producer - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Composer - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Lyricist - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Other - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Producer - Paul Jackson Jr., Guitar - Greg Liesz, Steel Guitar - Chris Caswell, Keyboards - Chris Caswell, Other - Nathan East, Bass - John "JR" Robinson, Drums - Peter Franco, Assistant Engineer - Peter Franco, Recording Engineer - Mick Guzauski, Mixing Engineer - Mick Guzauski, Recording Engineer - Florian Lagatta, Recording Engineer - Daniel Lerner, Engineer - Seth Waldmann, Assistant Engineer - Seth Waldmann, Misc. Prod. - Cory Brice, Assistant Engineer - Nicolás Essig, Assistant Engineer - Eric Eylands, Assistant Engineer - Derek Karlquist, Assistant Engineer - Miguel Lara, Assistant Engineer - Mike Larson, Assistant Engineer - Kevin Mills, Assistant Engineer - Charlie Pakkari, Assistant Engineer - Bill Rahko, Assistant Engineer - Kyle Stevens, Assistant Engineer - Doug Tyo, Assistant Engineer - Eric Weaver, Assistant Engineer - Alana Da Fonseca, Recording Engineer - Phil Joly, Recording Engineer - Jean-Pierre Janiaud, Misc. Prod. - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Chab, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2013 Daft Life Limited under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Giorgio by Moroder
Daft Punk
00:09:04

Daft Punk, Keyboards - Daft Punk, Performer - Daft Punk, Synthesizer - Thomas Bangalter, Composer - Thomas Bangalter, Other - Thomas Bangalter, Producer - Giorgio Moroder, Composer - Giorgio Moroder, Vocal - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Composer - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Other - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Producer - Paul Jackson Jr., Guitar - Greg Liesz, Steel Guitar - Chris Caswell, Keyboards - Chris Caswell, Other - Nathan East, Bass - James Genus, Bass - John "JR" Robinson, Drums - Omar Hakim, Drums - Quinn, Percussion - Douglas Walter, Conductor - Joseph Solido, Other - Peter Franco, Assistant Engineer - Peter Franco, Recording Engineer - Mick Guzauski, Mixing Engineer - Mick Guzauski, Recording Engineer - Florian Lagatta, Recording Engineer - Guillaume Le Braz, Recording Engineer - Daniel Lerner, Engineer - Seth Waldmann, Assistant Engineer - Seth Waldmann, Misc. Prod. - Cory Brice, Assistant Engineer - Nicolás Essig, Assistant Engineer - Eric Eylands, Assistant Engineer - Derek Karlquist, Assistant Engineer - Miguel Lara, Assistant Engineer - Mike Larson, Assistant Engineer - Kevin Mills, Assistant Engineer - Charlie Pakkari, Assistant Engineer - Bill Rahko, Assistant Engineer - Kyle Stevens, Assistant Engineer - Doug Tyo, Assistant Engineer - Eric Weaver, Assistant Engineer - Alana Da Fonseca, Recording Engineer - Phil Joly, Recording Engineer - Jean-Pierre Janiaud, Misc. Prod. - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Chab, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2013 Daft Life Limited under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
Within
Daft Punk
00:03:48

Daft Punk, Keyboards - Daft Punk, Performer - Daft Punk, Vocal - Thomas Bangalter, Composer - Thomas Bangalter, Lyricist - Thomas Bangalter, Other - Thomas Bangalter, Producer - Chilly Gonzales, Piano - Jason "Chilly Gonzales" Beck, Composer - Jason "Chilly Gonzales" Beck, Lyricist - Chris Caswell, Keyboards - Chris Caswell, Other - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Composer - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Lyricist - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Other - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Producer - Nathan East, Bass - John "JR" Robinson, Drums - Quinn, Percussion - Peter Franco, Assistant Engineer - Peter Franco, Recording Engineer - Mick Guzauski, Mixing Engineer - Mick Guzauski, Recording Engineer - Florian Lagatta, Recording Engineer - Daniel Lerner, Engineer - Seth Waldmann, Assistant Engineer - Seth Waldmann, Misc. Prod. - Cory Brice, Assistant Engineer - Nicolás Essig, Assistant Engineer - Eric Eylands, Assistant Engineer - Derek Karlquist, Assistant Engineer - Miguel Lara, Assistant Engineer - Mike Larson, Assistant Engineer - Kevin Mills, Assistant Engineer - Charlie Pakkari, Assistant Engineer - Bill Rahko, Assistant Engineer - Kyle Stevens, Assistant Engineer - Doug Tyo, Assistant Engineer - Eric Weaver, Assistant Engineer - Alana Da Fonseca, Recording Engineer - Phil Joly, Recording Engineer - Jean-Pierre Janiaud, Misc. Prod. - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Chab, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2013 Daft Life Limited under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
Instant Crush (feat. Julian Casablancas)
Daft Punk feat. Julian Casablancas
00:05:37

Daft Punk feat. Julian Casablancas, Performer - Thomas Bangalter, Composer - Thomas Bangalter, Lyricist - Thomas Bangalter, Other - Thomas Bangalter, Producer - Julian Casablancas, Co-Producer - Julian Casablancas, Composer - Julian Casablancas, Guitar - Julian Casablancas, Lyricist - Julian Casablancas, Vocal - Daft Punk, Guitar - Daft Punk, Keyboards - Daft Punk, Synthesizer - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Composer - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Lyricist - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Other - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Producer - Nathan East, Bass - John "JR" Robinson, Drums - Quinn, Percussion - Chris Caswell, Other - Peter Franco, Assistant Engineer - Peter Franco, Recording Engineer - Mick Guzauski, Mixing Engineer - Mick Guzauski, Recording Engineer - Florian Lagatta, Recording Engineer - Daniel Lerner, Engineer - Seth Waldmann, Assistant Engineer - Seth Waldmann, Misc. Prod. - Cory Brice, Assistant Engineer - Nicolás Essig, Assistant Engineer - Eric Eylands, Assistant Engineer - Derek Karlquist, Assistant Engineer - Miguel Lara, Assistant Engineer - Mike Larson, Assistant Engineer - Kevin Mills, Assistant Engineer - Charlie Pakkari, Assistant Engineer - Bill Rahko, Assistant Engineer - Kyle Stevens, Assistant Engineer - Doug Tyo, Assistant Engineer - Eric Weaver, Assistant Engineer - Alana Da Fonseca, Recording Engineer - Phil Joly, Recording Engineer - Jean-Pierre Janiaud, Misc. Prod. - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Chab, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2013 Daft Life Limited under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
Lose Yourself to Dance (feat. Pharrell Williams)
Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams
00:05:53

Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams, Performer - Thomas Bangalter, Composer - Thomas Bangalter, Lyricist - Thomas Bangalter, Other - Thomas Bangalter, Producer - Pharrell Williams, Composer - Pharrell Williams, Lyricist - Pharrell Williams, Vocal - Daft Punk, Vocal - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Composer - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Lyricist - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Other - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Producer - Nile Rodgers, Composer - Nile Rodgers, Guitar - Nile Rodgers, Lyricist - Nathan East, Bass - John "JR" Robinson, Drums - Chris Caswell, Other - Peter Franco, Assistant Engineer - Peter Franco, Recording Engineer - Mick Guzauski, Mixing Engineer - Mick Guzauski, Recording Engineer - Florian Lagatta, Recording Engineer - Daniel Lerner, Engineer - Seth Waldmann, Assistant Engineer - Seth Waldmann, Misc. Prod. - Cory Brice, Assistant Engineer - Nicolás Essig, Assistant Engineer - Eric Eylands, Assistant Engineer - Derek Karlquist, Assistant Engineer - Miguel Lara, Assistant Engineer - Mike Larson, Assistant Engineer - Kevin Mills, Assistant Engineer - Charlie Pakkari, Assistant Engineer - Bill Rahko, Assistant Engineer - Kyle Stevens, Assistant Engineer - Doug Tyo, Assistant Engineer - Eric Weaver, Assistant Engineer - Alana Da Fonseca, Recording Engineer - Phil Joly, Recording Engineer - Jean-Pierre Janiaud, Misc. Prod. - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Chab, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2013 Daft Life Limited under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
Touch (feat. Paul Williams)
Daft Punk feat. Paul Williams
00:08:18

Daft Punk feat. Paul Williams, Performer - Thomas Bangalter, Composer - Thomas Bangalter, Lyricist - Thomas Bangalter, Other - Thomas Bangalter, Producer - Paul Williams, Composer - Paul Williams, Lyricist - Paul Williams, Vocal - Chris Caswell, Composer - Chris Caswell, Keyboards - Chris Caswell, Lyricist - Chris Caswell, Other - Daft Punk, Synthesizer - Daft Punk, Vocal - Paul Jackson Jr., Guitar - Greg Liesz, Steel Guitar - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Composer - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Lyricist - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Other - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Producer - Thomas Bloch, Other - James Genus, Bass - Omar Hakim, Drums - Quinn, Drums - Douglas Walter, Conductor - Joseph Solido, Other - Peter Franco, Assistant Engineer - Peter Franco, Recording Engineer - Mick Guzauski, Mixing Engineer - Mick Guzauski, Recording Engineer - Florian Lagatta, Recording Engineer - Daniel Lerner, Engineer - Seth Waldmann, Assistant Engineer - Seth Waldmann, Misc. Prod. - Cory Brice, Assistant Engineer - Nicolás Essig, Assistant Engineer - Eric Eylands, Assistant Engineer - Derek Karlquist, Assistant Engineer - Miguel Lara, Assistant Engineer - Mike Larson, Assistant Engineer - Kevin Mills, Assistant Engineer - Charlie Pakkari, Assistant Engineer - Bill Rahko, Assistant Engineer - Kyle Stevens, Assistant Engineer - Doug Tyo, Assistant Engineer - Eric Weaver, Assistant Engineer - Alana Da Fonseca, Recording Engineer - Phil Joly, Recording Engineer - Jean-Pierre Janiaud, Misc. Prod. - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Chab, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2013 Daft Life Limited under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers)
Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams
00:06:09

Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams, Performer - Thomas Bangalter, Composer - Thomas Bangalter, Lyricist - Thomas Bangalter, Other - Thomas Bangalter, Producer - Pharrell Williams, Composer - Pharrell Williams, Lyricist - Pharrell Williams, Vocal - Daft Punk, Synthesizer - Daft Punk, Vocal - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Composer - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Lyricist - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Other - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Producer - Nile Rodgers, Composer - Nile Rodgers, Guitar - Nile Rodgers, Lyricist - Paul Jackson Jr., Guitar - Chris Caswell, Keyboards - Chris Caswell, Other - Nathan East, Bass - Omar Hakim, Drums - Peter Franco, Assistant Engineer - Peter Franco, Recording Engineer - Mick Guzauski, Mixing Engineer - Mick Guzauski, Recording Engineer - Florian Lagatta, Recording Engineer - Daniel Lerner, Engineer - Seth Waldmann, Assistant Engineer - Seth Waldmann, Misc. Prod. - Cory Brice, Assistant Engineer - Nicolás Essig, Assistant Engineer - Eric Eylands, Assistant Engineer - Derek Karlquist, Assistant Engineer - Miguel Lara, Assistant Engineer - Mike Larson, Assistant Engineer - Kevin Mills, Assistant Engineer - Charlie Pakkari, Assistant Engineer - Bill Rahko, Assistant Engineer - Kyle Stevens, Assistant Engineer - Doug Tyo, Assistant Engineer - Eric Weaver, Assistant Engineer - Alana Da Fonseca, Recording Engineer - Phil Joly, Recording Engineer - Jean-Pierre Janiaud, Misc. Prod. - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Chab, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2013 Daft Life Limited under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
Beyond
Daft Punk
00:04:50

Daft Punk, Performer - Daft Punk, Synthesizer - Daft Punk, Vocal - Thomas Bangalter, Composer - Thomas Bangalter, Lyricist - Thomas Bangalter, Other - Thomas Bangalter, Producer - Chris Caswell, Composer - Chris Caswell, Keyboards - Chris Caswell, Lyricist - Chris Caswell, Other - Paul Jackson Jr., Guitar - Greg Liesz, Steel Guitar - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Composer - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Lyricist - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Other - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Producer - James Genus, Bass - Paul Williams, Composer - Paul Williams, Lyricist - Omar Hakim, Drums - Douglas Walter, Conductor - Joseph Solido, Other - Peter Franco, Assistant Engineer - Peter Franco, Recording Engineer - Mick Guzauski, Mixing Engineer - Mick Guzauski, Recording Engineer - Florian Lagatta, Recording Engineer - Daniel Lerner, Engineer - Seth Waldmann, Assistant Engineer - Seth Waldmann, Misc. Prod. - Cory Brice, Assistant Engineer - Nicolás Essig, Assistant Engineer - Eric Eylands, Assistant Engineer - Derek Karlquist, Assistant Engineer - Miguel Lara, Assistant Engineer - Mike Larson, Assistant Engineer - Kevin Mills, Assistant Engineer - Charlie Pakkari, Assistant Engineer - Bill Rahko, Assistant Engineer - Kyle Stevens, Assistant Engineer - Doug Tyo, Assistant Engineer - Eric Weaver, Assistant Engineer - Alana Da Fonseca, Recording Engineer - Phil Joly, Recording Engineer - Jean-Pierre Janiaud, Misc. Prod. - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Chab, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2013 Daft Life Limited under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
Motherboard
Daft Punk
00:05:41

Daft Punk, Performer - Daft Punk, Synthesizer - Thomas Bangalter, Composer - Thomas Bangalter, Other - Thomas Bangalter, Producer - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Composer - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Other - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Producer - Paul Jackson Jr., Guitar - Chris Caswell, Keyboards - Chris Caswell, Other - Greg Liesz, Steel Guitar - Thomas Bloch, Other - James Genus, Bass - Omar Hakim, Drums - Quinn, Percussion - Douglas Walter, Conductor - Joseph Solido, Other - Peter Franco, Assistant Engineer - Peter Franco, Recording Engineer - Mick Guzauski, Mixing Engineer - Mick Guzauski, Recording Engineer - Florian Lagatta, Recording Engineer - Daniel Lerner, Engineer - Seth Waldmann, Assistant Engineer - Seth Waldmann, Misc. Prod. - Cory Brice, Assistant Engineer - Nicolás Essig, Assistant Engineer - Eric Eylands, Assistant Engineer - Derek Karlquist, Assistant Engineer - Miguel Lara, Assistant Engineer - Mike Larson, Assistant Engineer - Kevin Mills, Assistant Engineer - Charlie Pakkari, Assistant Engineer - Bill Rahko, Assistant Engineer - Kyle Stevens, Assistant Engineer - Doug Tyo, Assistant Engineer - Eric Weaver, Assistant Engineer - Alana Da Fonseca, Recording Engineer - Phil Joly, Recording Engineer - Jean-Pierre Janiaud, Misc. Prod. - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Chab, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2013 Daft Life Limited under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

11
Fragments of Time (feat. Todd Edwards)
Daft Punk feat. Todd Edwards
00:04:39

Daft Punk feat. Todd Edwards, Performer - Thomas Bangalter, Composer - Thomas Bangalter, Lyricist - Thomas Bangalter, Other - Thomas Bangalter, Producer - Todd Edwards, Co-Producer - Todd Edwards, Vocal - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Composer - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Lyricist - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Other - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Producer - Paul Jackson Jr., Guitar - Greg Liesz, Steel Guitar - Chris Caswell, Keyboards - Chris Caswell, Other - Todd Imperatrice, Composer - Todd Imperatrice, Lyricist - Daft Punk, Keyboards - Daft Punk, Synthesizer - Nathan East, Bass - James Genus, Bass - Omar Hakim, Drums - Quinn, Percussion - Peter Franco, Assistant Engineer - Peter Franco, Recording Engineer - Mick Guzauski, Mixing Engineer - Mick Guzauski, Recording Engineer - Florian Lagatta, Recording Engineer - Daniel Lerner, Engineer - Seth Waldmann, Assistant Engineer - Seth Waldmann, Misc. Prod. - Cory Brice, Assistant Engineer - Nicolás Essig, Assistant Engineer - Eric Eylands, Assistant Engineer - Derek Karlquist, Assistant Engineer - Miguel Lara, Assistant Engineer - Mike Larson, Assistant Engineer - Kevin Mills, Assistant Engineer - Charlie Pakkari, Assistant Engineer - Bill Rahko, Assistant Engineer - Kyle Stevens, Assistant Engineer - Doug Tyo, Assistant Engineer - Eric Weaver, Assistant Engineer - Alana Da Fonseca, Recording Engineer - Phil Joly, Recording Engineer - Jean-Pierre Janiaud, Misc. Prod. - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Chab, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2013 Daft Life Limited under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

12
Doin' it Right (feat. Panda Bear)
Daft Punk feat. Panda Bear
00:04:11

Daft Punk feat. Panda Bear, Performer - Thomas Bangalter, Composer - Thomas Bangalter, Lyricist - Thomas Bangalter, Other - Thomas Bangalter, Producer - Panda Bear, Vocal - Daft Punk, Synthesizer - Daft Punk, Vocal - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Composer - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Lyricist - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Other - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Producer - Noah Lennox, Composer - Noah Lennox, Lyricist - Chris Caswell, Other - Peter Franco, Assistant Engineer - Peter Franco, Recording Engineer - Mick Guzauski, Mixing Engineer - Mick Guzauski, Recording Engineer - Florian Lagatta, Recording Engineer - Daniel Lerner, Engineer - Seth Waldmann, Assistant Engineer - Seth Waldmann, Misc. Prod. - Cory Brice, Assistant Engineer - Nicolás Essig, Assistant Engineer - Eric Eylands, Assistant Engineer - Derek Karlquist, Assistant Engineer - Miguel Lara, Assistant Engineer - Mike Larson, Assistant Engineer - Kevin Mills, Assistant Engineer - Charlie Pakkari, Assistant Engineer - Bill Rahko, Assistant Engineer - Kyle Stevens, Assistant Engineer - Doug Tyo, Assistant Engineer - Eric Weaver, Assistant Engineer - Alana Da Fonseca, Recording Engineer - Phil Joly, Recording Engineer - Jean-Pierre Janiaud, Misc. Prod. - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Chab, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2013 Daft Life Limited under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

13
Contact
Daft Punk
00:06:23

Daft Punk, Performer - Daft Punk, Synthesizer - Thomas Bangalter, Composer - Thomas Bangalter, Other - Thomas Bangalter, Producer - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Composer - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Other - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Producer - DJ Falcon, Co-Producer - DJ Falcon, Synthesizer - Stephane Queme, Composer - Garth Porter, Composer - James Genus, Bass - Omar Hakim, Drums - Tony Mitchell, Composer - Daryl Braithwaite, Composer - Chris Caswell, Other - Peter Franco, Assistant Engineer - Peter Franco, Recording Engineer - Mick Guzauski, Mixing Engineer - Mick Guzauski, Recording Engineer - Florian Lagatta, Recording Engineer - Daniel Lerner, Engineer - Seth Waldmann, Assistant Engineer - Seth Waldmann, Misc. Prod. - Cory Brice, Assistant Engineer - Nicolás Essig, Assistant Engineer - Eric Eylands, Assistant Engineer - Derek Karlquist, Assistant Engineer - Miguel Lara, Assistant Engineer - Mike Larson, Assistant Engineer - Kevin Mills, Assistant Engineer - Charlie Pakkari, Assistant Engineer - Bill Rahko, Assistant Engineer - Kyle Stevens, Assistant Engineer - Doug Tyo, Assistant Engineer - Eric Weaver, Assistant Engineer - Alana Da Fonseca, Recording Engineer - Phil Joly, Recording Engineer - Jean-Pierre Janiaud, Misc. Prod. - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Chab, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2013 Daft Life Limited under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

Album review

When Daft Punk announced they were releasing a new album eight years after 2005's Human After All, fans were starved for new material. The Tron: Legacy score indulged the duo's sci-fi fantasies but didn't offer much in the way of catchy songs, so when Random Access Memories' extensive publicity campaign featured tantalizing clips of a new single, "Get Lucky," their fan base exploded. But when the album finally arrived, that hugely hyped single was buried far down its track list, emphasizing that most of these songs are very much not like "Get Lucky" -- or a lot of the pair's previous music, at least on the surface. The album isn't much like 2010s EDM, either. Instead, Daft Punk separate themselves from most contemporary electronic music and how it's made, enlisting some of their biggest influences to help them get the sounds they needed without samples. On Homework's "Teachers," they reverently name-checked a massive list of musicians and producers. Here, they place themselves on equal footing with disco masterminds Nile Rodgers and Giorgio Moroder, who shares his thoughts on making music with wild guitar and synth solos trailing behind him on one of RAM's definitive moments, "Giorgio by Moroder." Elsewhere, Daft Punk celebrate their close relationship with indie music on the lovely "Doin' It Right," which makes the most of Panda Bear's boyish vocals, and on the Julian Casablancas cameo "Instant Crush," which is only slightly more electronic than the Strokes' Comedown Machine. And of course, Pharrell Williams is the avatar of their dancefloor mastery on the sweaty disco of "Lose Yourself to Dance" and "Get Lucky," which is so suave that it couldn't help but be an instant classic, albeit a somewhat nostalgic one. "Memories" is the album's keyword: As Daft Punk celebrate the late '70s and early '80s with deluxe homages like "Give Life Back to Music" -- one of several terrific showcases for Rodgers -- and the spot-on soft rock of the Todd Edwards collaboration "Fragments of Time," they tap into the wonder and excitement in that era's music. A particularly brilliant example is "Touch," where singer/songwriter Paul Williams conflates his work in Phantom of the Paradise and The Muppet Movie in the song's mystique, charm, and unabashed emotions. Daft Punk have never shied away from "uncool" influences or sentimentality, and both are on full display throughout Random Access Memories. It's the kind of grand, album rock statement that listeners of the '70s and '80s would have spent weeks or months dissecting and absorbing -- the ambition of Steely Dan, Alan Parsons, and Pink Floyd are as vital to the album as any of the duo's collaborators. For the casual Daft Punk fan, this album might be harder to love than "Get Lucky" hinted; it might be too nostalgic, too overblown, a shirking of the group's duty to rescue dance music from the Young Turks who cropped up in their absence. But Random Access Memories is also Daft Punk's most personal work, and richly rewarding for listeners willing to spend time with it.

© Heather Phares /TiVo

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