Considering the altar that people keep DAFT PUNK on you’d think that this French DJ duo would want to deliver a new album that would wow their fans and given that their focus is on one of my favourite genres in music – the 70’s disco, motown and funk movement – you could be forgiven for thinking that this would be EPIC.
And this isn’t a new idea we are dealing with either… Madonna did it and kicked a goal with CONFESSIONS ON A DANCE FLOOR. The fusing of modern tech music with disco sampling delivered Madonna’s best album and a slew of hits like HUNG UP, SORRY, JUMP and GET TOGETHER.
But whereas Madonna’s collaborations delivered radio friendly inspired pop Daft Punk’s new album RANDOM ACCESS MEMORIES delivers motonous, boring and overlong extended samples all tacked around one radio friendly single – the insanely overplayed GET LUCKY.
Gone is any semblance of inspiration that DAFT PUNK had over a decade ago in albums like DISCOVERY and instead you’ve just got sonic sample files (I can’t really call them songs because if its just a 15 second loop repeated over an average of 6 minutes it doesn’t have the artistic discipline to be called a song) that arduously repeat themselves. The lyrics are even lazier with clearly illiterate guests like Pharrell Williams, Julian Casablancas, Paul Williams, Todd Edwards, Panda Bear and Giorgio Moroder (the latter trying to be ‘arty’ with a 9 minute psuedo interview track – sounds confusing? Maybe, but its just boring).
What’s even more disappointing is that, given the source material of the 70’s disco, nothing comes from it. There’s just so many great acts in that period you can sample from like The Emotions, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Jacksons, Blondie etc etc and it’s all such amazing stuff . To get an end result like RANDOM ACCESS MONOTONY it’s soo disappointing.
These is a cheap shot at getting fans to pay full clip of what is essentially an elongated single with 12 b-sides and offcuts tacked onto it.
It’s a fail.
RANDOM ACCESS MEMORIES by DAFT PUNK is on release now.