We had to take a break for a day or two from the Daft Punk fever pitch that has invaded LMB HQ but there was some news yesterday that we can’t pass on covering. Rolling Stone ran an awesome cover story, remixes were announced for Random Access Memories, and they put a bonus track on their Japanese release for the album and it’s pretty rad. Read on, fellow robots…
Rolling Stone’s latest cover story is damn good; kudos to Jonah Weiner on laying this bad boy down. Not only did he break that the Kanye West track, “Black Skinhead,” debuted on Saturday Night Live this past weekend, is likely the Daft Punk collaboration which they spoke to him about while he was putting together the cover story.
And the article is fitting tribute to the hype surrounding the entire release, and it sums up a very succinct picture of how calculated and coordinated the duo in Daft Punk are, even if they appear a bit aloof about it all and purposely rebellious in their pursuit of the ultimate dance groove. The story about how they did their commercial release at Coachella is just incredible work. Definitely a must-read if you haven’t gotten your copy in the mail yet.
“Today, electronic music is like an audio energy drink,” Bangalter says. “Artists are overcompensating with this aggressive, energetic, hyperstimulating music – it’s like someone shaking you. But it can’t move people on an emotional level. It’s a way to feel alive, but . . .”
“It’s not deep, it’s surface,” de Homem-Christo offers.
“Maybe it’s the difference between love and sex, or eroticism and pornography,” Bangalter says.
RunTheTrap.com was the first we saw to run with this: the duo came out on record stating that they would be doing remixes of their own music.
“We’re working on some mixes ourselves,” Bangalter answered. “So yes, there will probably be Daft Punk mixes of Daft Punk. Usually we never mix ourselves, that’s something we feel we’re interested in doing this time.”
You’ve got to assume other producers are going to be brought on, and based on what the duo had to say about Skrillex a few months back, I’m personally crossing my fingers to see something like that go down. Not to mention a Panda Bear remix of “Doin’ it Right” — GAH!
Finally, if you’re a music fan in Japan then you were one of the lucky ones to get Random Access Memories with a bonus track that was not present on the US release. Thankfully the internets always win, and the track is freely floating around right now and definitely worth hearing.
If you want to break away from the flock at your next DJ set, make sure you drop “Horizon” and not one of the obvious tracks like “Get Lucky,” because the “Get Lucky” remix is the first one that Daft Punk will put out and I’m sure we’ll all think it’s sick when it drops anyway. RAM on.