Daft Punk Discovery VINYL

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Daft Punk Discovery VINYL

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French duo, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter had first burst upon the dance world in 1995 with their hit “Da Funk” – a tasty homage to Chicago Techno with a typically Gallic twist. The attendant album, Homework proved to be more of the same. So, four years later it came as some surprise when Discovery arrived; chock-full of, well…disco pop. Luckily it was even better. Morphing (like the power rangers they resembled) into gleaming house robots for their publicity shots, the techno twins had spent the hiatus crafting something at once nostalgic and futuristic – stating that Discovery was their attempt to summon up the innocence of a child’s approach to music (ie: a ten-year old had no snobbery about the dreaded word ‘disco’ – cleverly contained in the title). To do this they blended a selection of late 70s and early 80s tunes (George Duke, Sister Sledge, Barry Manilow etc.) with wonderfully retro vocoder-style effects and some metallic guitars. The formula worked like a dream and even made them household names in the States.

The key element to Discovery is fun. From the opening smash “One More Time” (featuring New York new-garage legend, Romanthony, on vocals) to fifth track, “Crescendolls”, the album’s a rollercoaster ride of cheese and choons. Second hit, “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” is a masterpiece of relentless synth splurge, like Kraftwerk in kindergarden while “Digital Love” is simply gorgeous pop. Only the needlessly ambient “Nightvision” slows the pace. The second half’s a more mixed bag (you do grow slightly weary of the tinny-AM-radio-into-monster-floor-filler trick that virtually every track uses), though still dotted with gems such as the penultimate “Face To Face”. The final icing on the cake was the cinematic tranformation of the album into the soundtrack for the charming Interstella 5555 – Daft Punk’s tribute to anime director and hero, Leiji Matsumoto (who produced the film). The blend of children’s TV sensibility and glistening house made perfect sense, and the band have never bettered its coherence of vision or joyful playfulness. Daft, maybe, but for a while the world was a brighter place for it.

Track Listing
1 One More Time
2 Aerodynamic
3 Digital Love
4 Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
5 Crescendolls
6 Night Vision
7 Superheroes
8 High Life
9 Something About Us
10 Voyager
11 Veridis Quo
12 Short Circuit
13 Face to Face
14 Too Long

Artist: Daft Punk
Title: Discovery
Genre: Dance / Electronic
Release Date: 13 March 2001
Attributes: 2 LP
Label: Emm/Emm
Product Type: Vinyl
Catalogue: 49606
UPC: 724384960612

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Track Listing

1 One Step Forward 2 Uptown Babies Don’t Cry 3 Chase the Devil 4 War in a Babylon 5 Norman 6 Stealnig in the Name of Jah 7 Tan and See 8 Smokey Room 9 Smile Out a Style

1 review for Daft Punk Discovery VINYL

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    jbates406 (verified owner)

    Forget “Get Lucky”, this is the French Robots at their peak. Melding prog rock, disco, funk, and house into a jamtastic vocoder fest that’s so infectious even the world’s most elitist metal-heads start tapping their feet when they hear it.

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