DAFT PUNK

Musique Vol. 1: 1993-2005

(Virgin/EMI)

 
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IF you are The Beatles and have over 100 great songs to choose from, there is no way anyone should expect you to come up with a perfect single CD compilation. Even if you are Simon & Garfunkel and have a relatively small catalogue, there is still such an abundance of powerful material that some outstanding songs will have to be left off. But if you are Daft Punk, there is simply no excuse for leaving your best songs like Digital Love and Aerodynamic off a career-encompassing collection.

Now the strengths of Daft Punk are still here, those synthy distorted vocals, mean bass and funky rhythms within a pop/dance/electronica context. Around the World, Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger and One More Time all fly the flag for this formula with aplomb, while fresh colors are borne by the electronic soundscape Rollin' & Scratchin' (Kraftwerk, anyone?), the blistering hard rock of Robot Rock and the lounge pop jazz of Something About You (we're talking Style Council territory here).

The swathe of light and sound that slowly encroached upon the consciousness of a generation of nightclub revelers is indeed alive and well!

Obviously Daft Punk has its limitations but there are actually very few dance outfits I enjoy more than this duo who certainly chart- ed new territory in combining music with animation. If only they could rectify the unnecessary omissions (and for Lawd's sakes they found room for three Daft Punk remixes of other artistes' material!), I would deem this as essential a purchase as Moloko's recently released compile Catalogue. Surely it's not too late, boys?

 

     

Musique Vol. 1: 1993-2005

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