The French duo Daft Punk, responsible together with The Chemical Brothers of turning the electronics of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries into a matter of the masses and in a language rapidly assimilated by pop and rock fans, he announced this Monday that he is leaving it. Gone is a twenty-five-year career, four studio albums, and bomb-proof popularity underpinned by songs like the ones that follow.
The secret of the sound of Daft Punk and its bombastic ‘Homework’ (1997), debut with which they shot to the top, concentrating on the five and a half minutes of ‘Da Funk’. Looped melodies, precision drums and snare drums, an electric guitar that goes in and out until the funk is raw, layers and layers that add up in each commotion … An armored hymn that knew how to express and distill the best of techno, big beat and acid jazz to light up a new generation of french touch and add fuel to the fire of that new stadium electronics that The Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy were forging.
‘One More Time’
“Discovery” (2001), the highly anticipated second album by Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo was a pastiche for some and a master move for others. And nothing better to sum it up than ‘One More Time’, song with which they assaulted the sales charts and the radio formula alike and got into the pocket of both pop and commercial house fans. On the menu, a feast of filters, twisted syncopations and vocoded serive vocals that would make Daft Punk the most sought-after game for festivals of all kinds.
Only someone who spent all of 2013 (and its surroundings) hiding under a stone must have been lost ‘Get Lucky’, one of the most scorched hymns of the past decade. The French took it easy and let almost a decade go by before releasing new material again, but on their return they threw in the rest by allying themselves with Nile Rodgers (Chic) and embracing without fuss on superfunk and disco. The voice of Pharrell Williams and a melody that there was no way to shake off they took care of the rest.
On his third album, and before surrendering completely to nostalgia with ‘Random Access Memories’, the French dared to fantasize about a dry and minimalist electronics in which the instruments were entangled in a kind of metallic swarm. The filters of “Discovery” are still there, yes, but in terms of both concept and sound, “Human After All” (2005) is an undisguised attempt to get closer to Kraftwerk and claim to be robot-men of the 21st century.
‘Around The World’
If ‘Da Funk’ is precision, ‘Around The World’ It is the muscle and the house spell. A rhythmic trance sustained by hammering with which they began to make eyes to all those who were only in the electronics by the way. It is no coincidence that, even today, it continues to be one of his most emblematic and remembered themes.
‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’
Before Kanye West turned it into the launching pad for his ‘Stronger’, ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’ had already made its mark thanks to those robotic voices, Edwin Birdsong samples and a video clip of pure fantasy. A delight that keeps the guy on the edge that separates the genius from the tacky.