So I’m off to Portland this week, hopefully it won’t be raining the entire time. Music unrelated to that comment, finally weening myself off Hype Machine a bit, starting off with the Fred Falke remix of Nero Reaching Out. It’s an older one, but well it’s a great track. Slightly different sounding remix by Plastic Plates of Nile Delta Aztec. Actually reminds me of the good old days of when I started this blog, light techno I guess with an awesome beat. Lastly, the Aeroplane remix of Surahn Wonderful. Funky.
photo credit victor hsu
Alright, starting off with an older track. A friend introduced me to Lorde last weekend so I had to check it out, he was right, kind of like Lana Del Rey. She probably resents that comparison. Anyways, so far my favorite remix of her track Swingin’ Party is by Terace. Second up is the Oxford remix of Portland‘s Deezy Daisy. Great retro feel there, which totally follows over to my next chosen track, Hey Champ‘s On Holiday. I think I have a really specific taste in music… like angelic female vocalist with a good bass beat and retro sound…
Got three killer tracks today, I’ve been saving them up for a bit until I got three tracks together. First off is the damn amazing Barretso remix of Lana Del Rey Ride. I’ve heard a couple remixes of this track and this tops it. It’s more upbeat than the Photek remix, another one I really like. Next up is the Alex Metric remix of Empire of the Sun DNA. My first thought hearing this track was “wait, Empire of the Sun released a new album?” They did, in June! Something for me to check out. As with most Alex Metric tracks, they’re always a great listen. Lastly is Robotaki‘s remix of The M Machine A King Alone. I love the sound Robotaki tracks have, he makes great music.
Lana Del Rey – Ride (Barretso Remix)
I’m still alive, I have to stop starting posts like this. Although barely, big qualifying exam coming up for school to prove I’m worth something. Listening to music takes some emotional commitment on my part and unfortunately that gets taken up by everything else. I’ve been checking out random stuff lately though, slowly getting back into the music scene. In terms of remixes, my typical fallback for great music, it’s been disappointing. I think dubstep really got a stranglehold on things. As for original music, I’m delightfully surprised. Let’s just say, this is inspirational for me to start listening and start posting again. Also, I finally got a decent music listening set-up going at home with some old-school Harbeth speakers. Let me tell you, this is a major improvement from my previous set-up which was cheap ass bookshelf Sony speakers from who knows when (I know, you lost any respect you had for me). Comparing the before and after, it’s completely eye opening… or ear opening? It’s like I listened to music in the past with saran wrap around my ears. Those audiophiles aren’t straight up bat shit crazy!
Anyways, let’s get to the music shall we? No remixes today, been checking Hype Machine lately to revive my music taste buds. Great stuff right now, starting off with one of my favorite tracks of the half-week, Panama Wedding‘s All of the People. Don’t know much about this band, but I’m definitely interested. Also one that really caught my attention, Disclosure‘s Help Me Lose My Mind featuring London Grammar. Lastly, let’s go back to the 80′s, Scenic Shockwaves. What, I like retro.
I finally pushed myself to write a review of this Daft Punk album. Let’s start off with the steps I had to go through to get here. I’ll be honest, the first listen through this album I thought it was mediocre but decent, no hard feelings. I think I just had way too many expectations for the new Daft Punk album, but then I asked myself “what possible expectations could you have with THE constantly evolving Daft Punk who had eight years to refine themselves? One More Time?” I couldn’t give an answer and with that I let go of all of that. I know, I’m sure every artist wants you to go through this whenever they release a new album like MGMT’s Congratulations or Justice’s Audio, Video, Disco, but leave it to Daft Punk to really get you to do it. Moving past the growing pains, the more I listened to this album, the more I fell in love with it.
I don’t know if it was simply the direction they were taking or recent advances in technology have allowed them to do this, but this entire album sounds way more natural. If you listen to any of their earlier albums, there’s a very robotic electronic sound to all the tracks, not surprisingly they’re personal are robots. From the beats to the actual melodies, their older tracks were very mechanical in essence. Many of the tracks in this album sound like real instruments were used, which surprisingly gave it a very different sound. I mean, they always had the groove-sound attached to the electronic music, but it was especially so in this album.
Let’s talk about the tracks.
Act 1 – Let’s Fall in Love
What an introduction to the album with Give Life Back to Music, they really get into it quickly. No tricks, this is what you should expect. It’s got bits of Daft Punk, but also a more groove influence that we never heard before in their earlier albums, at least not like this. To be honest, the next track The Game of Love was slightly misplaced. I love the track, but I felt like it would’ve been better placed elsewhere. Maybe they were serenading you with love for the next track Giorgio by Moroder, when I knew things were picking up. Opening monologue and then “…My name is Giovanni Giorgio, but everybody calls me Giorgio.” track start BANG! This may be one of my favorite tracks of the album. Things get slower again with Within. It may be just me, but I’m rarely a big fan of ballades, although I found myself really listening to this track and not simply skipping it. A good sign in its own. I really love it when the vocals pick up half way through the track, and I can’t get enough of the transition to the next track Instant Crush. God damn, I’m in love.
Act 2 – Let’s Party Hard feat. Pharrell
At this point I’m really liking the movement of the album. Lose Yourself To Dance is another favorite. Surprisingly not even upbeat, but something about it has me wanting to get up… and dance. I’ll admit, Touch is weird although I thought it was well placed between Lose Yourself To Dance and Get Lucky. Feeling almost like a slow motion scene, this is typically the part of the movie where the characters are on some serious drugs. The track was highly dynamic and unexpected. Get Lucky, the only single from this album, was definitely one of the gems of the album with all its groove and rock. I’ve probably listened to this track a hundred times without getting tired of it. I’m pretty sure I put it on repeat for a couple hours when the single was released.
Act 3 – Let’s Drive Away into the Night
The next two pure Daft Punk tracks Beyond and Motherboard really captured me with an almost primal David Bowie essence. What great tracks, I can’t get enough of the second half of Motherboard. Back to groove, Fragments of Time was slightly standard sounding but a great track regardless. You hear Daft Punk come in a bit part way through at the end, I could have used more of that short lived part. Big bass from Doin’ It Right, first time in this album and its at the end! I’m guessing that’s an influence from Panada Bear. The last track Contact was slightly bittersweet because I felt almost like this was a track saying “wait, there’s more!” but there’s no more, it simply cuts off into electronic static.
Do we have to wait another seven years for the next album? Seems to be the trend. I’d like to firstly buy this on vinyl and listen it in its true form, none of this mp3 bullshit. And secondly, I’d like to do a road trip on the Pacific Coast Highway and have this on the playlist.
Daft Punk – Giorgio by Moroder
Daft Punk – Lose Yourself to Dance
So I’m seriously trying to get my take on the new Daft Punk album out, but I still feel like I need to listen to it a couple more times. My very first impression on the album was it was mediocre, but with each subsequent listen, it quickly changed to godlike. I think it needs to settle a bit before I write anything more about it.
Starting off with an amazing track once again remixed by CHVRCHES of MS MR. I love it. It could be a CHVRCHES song for all I would know, the vocalists from both groups sound somewhat similar. I’m really liking the direction CHVRCHES is taking with the music they’re making, even if this isn’t an original. Second up is the RAC remix of YACHT Second Summer. It’s a bit slower, a bit toned down, but greatness from RAC again. Lastly, I had this sitting on my desktop for almost half a year. I should post a screenshot of my super cluttered desktop, it’d make most people cringe. The Anoraak remix of Tresors Pleine Lune which I unexpected was saving up until now. Wait for a minute in, shit gets serious.
So turns out Daft Punk is feeling awfully nice and is streaming their upcoming album out May 21 on iTunes. Who knows for how long, but listen to it as soon as possible! As I am still stuck at work, I will have to wait until I get home until I get a chance. Knowing my luck, it’ll be down by then.
Just open their artist page in iTunes, click that “View in iTunes” button and it’ll lead you to preview the album for free!