We finally have it in our hands folks (well, kind of). Daft Punk has kindly decided to allow us to stream the entire album for free through iTunes in preparation for its release next week. No longer do we have speculate on what’s authentic and what’s not. No longer do we have to wince at low quality rips of supposed leaks from false foreign radio stations. And no longer do we have to plant ourselves on YouTube as we continually loop through 15 second clips over and over again. We can now safely listen to the material straight from the source, and it feels quite satisfying to say the least. Check out the stream at the link below, and make sure to prepare yourself for May 21st when we’ll all finally have a copy of the most anticipated record of the year.
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This is preview gives you a glimpse into one of the many disco anthems that Daft Punk is going to drop on May 21st. As we creep closer to one of most anticipated albums in the last few years, we can only expect to hear some leaks here and there. This one is a clip of the collaboration of Panda Bear and Daft Punk, and this short and sweet clip displays some disco infused funk that is sure to be a hit. Cheers.
Doin It Right feat. Panda Bear (Preview)
You & I (Gigamesh remix)
Few DJ’s and producers are fixed with that coveted “dance-floor tastemaker” tag more so than Minneapolis native Gigamesh, and with such an eclectic range of original compositions and impeccable choices in remixing, it is pretty clear as to why. Recently, the electronic trendsetter wrapped up an impressive worldwide tour with stops in Asia, australia and the U.K., and it didn’t take long to flex his production muscles once more. His latest track, a remix of Spanish folktronica trio Crystal Fighters‘ “You & I” is carried into a Nu-Disco frenzy by a very Night Rider-esque synthesizer, exaggerated percussion and a four-to-the-floor heartbeat. The bait to our ears on this one comes at about the 3:00 minute mark, as Gigamesh boldy breaks the track down to a near screeching halt before launching back into more danceable instrumentation. A little deviation from the rules on a club track always puts a smile on the face of this Ninja. Crystal Fighters have been large proponents of the remix treatment, even going as far as to release a complete remix album to go along with their last LP Star of Love, and Gigamesh has done them justice again painting his patented sound onto theirs.
I'm Not Gonna Grow Old
The second taste from Swedish indie-pop group Club 8‘s forthcoming album Above the City, “I’m Not Gonna Grow Old” sees them move away from the darker, italo-disco sounds of previous single “Stop Taking My Time” and more towards straight 70′s disco meets 80′s synth-pop. Lead singer Karolina Komstedt’s delicate, but dignified vocals soar sky-high above Johan Angergård’s focused production, and why shouldn’t they? Throughout the past decade the duo has proven a mastery of a multitude of pop sub-genres and “I’m Not Gonna Grow Old” is no different. Above the City is due out May 21 through one of Sweden’s most reliable indie-pop labels Labrador Records, and as a Ninja hook-up you can pre-order the release here. Just try not to release your inner late 80′s Madonna while grooving to this one if you’re in public… or do because we love that kind of thing.
Wolves (The Svens Remix)
Joe Goddard and Greco-Roman Records have built a solid reputation in part by helping break the music careers of rising electronic trendsetter T-E-E-D and Disclosure. The newest addition to their stable (whom we featured earlier this month), Valentina, already appears to be another clear cut hit for the Berlin to London collective. The sultry pop singer has seen her stock begin to rise amongst tastemakers worldwide with the release of her single “Wolves” two months ago, and while a healthy buzz has been picking up amongst the blogosphere, fans were left in limbo as the April 18 release date of her EP of the same name had been pushed back indefinitely. All has been patched up now as a June 5 date has been handed down by label brass, and in anticipation, Greco-Roman is leaking a few remixes that will surface on the release. Giving the dreary ballad a glitzy deep-house remix today is Scandinavian duo The Svens, and this one had the ol’ rump shaking harder than Wreckx n Effect did in ‘92. Featuring Valentina’s celestial vocals wrapped in a hypnotic house drum kick, The Svens managed to pair their club sound seductively with hers, creating a cut appropriate for peak-hour club sets or more turned down after-party affairs. As an even bigger midweek treat to our ninjas, the track has been offered up as a free download in anticipation of the Wolves EP drop, so do yourself a solid by getting those dance-muscles in shape and picking it up here.
What is it about French musicians and their acute mastery of all sounds electronic? 23 year-old Lorris Piasco, more commonly recognized by his production alias Allure, is an attractively fresh face in a long line of talented house and electronic producers hailing from Paris. Allure has just dropped his second full length album Reunion, and “The Little Prince of French Electro”’s latest release utilizes elements of classic disco, house, pop-song structuring and a classic four-to-the-floor drumkick all awash in jazzy harmonies and clean synths. The end result is a finished, cohesive piece of work that feels oh so provocative, yet irresistibly danceable. Allure makes the kind of electro that has a live feel, as if an entire band was involved in the production rather than just one man and an intimidating set of electronic gadgetry. It is a quality that gives his music a human feel, although it is mostly robotic in execution.
Citing influences that range diversely from Prince, Bowie and Stevie Wonder to more symbiotic sounds from Justice and of course Daft Punk, there is no denying that the weight of said artists comes through in the catchiness of Allure’s “funky baroque” electro sound. Taking Reunion even one step higher though (musically of course), were seemingly perfect vocal contributions from some of his French contemporaries in Alexia Gredy on “Nobody Dance” and Jordan Lee featured twice on “Pretty Bad Day” and “I Will Change”. Stream all three aforementioned tracks and purchase Reunion using the link below.
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Nobody Dance (feat Alexia Gredy)
Pretty Bad Day (feat Jordan Lee)
I Will Change (feat Jordan Lee)
Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell & Nile Rodgers) (Radio Edit)
The endless tease that has surrounded Daft Punk for years is finally coming to a halt today, as we get what appears to be the first single from their ridiculously anticipated upcoming album. For anyone who was at Coachella, “Get Lucky” was the song being previewed all weekend in between sets. The Pharrell and Nile Rodgers assisted track, albeit a slightly shorter radio edit, does not disappoint delivering that infectious funk that the French duo are known for. Happy Daft Punk day to all the ninjas out there! Random Access Memories drops May 21st. Get funky y’all.
UPDATE: Updated with the official CDQ version. “Get Lucky” is available for purchase on iTunes now.