Good morning. It’s Friday so we’re listening to something more upbeat. We’re playing Daft Punk’s live sets from the late ‘90s. Since last Friday’s memoriam to 1/2 of Cassius, we’ve been revisiting French techno from that formative era of EDM. Fortunately for us, a few prescient souls made decent-quality bootlegs of Daft Punk’s performances in the years before they blew up, from 1997 to 1999. These bootlegs are now on YouTube. Aside from being masterclasses in DJing, these sets feature a bunch of classic house tracks from pioneers like DJ Deeon, DJ Sneak, Todd Edwards, and Giorgio Moroder. What’s amazing is that these performances happened over 20 years ago, but sound like they could be from last week. Let us know what you think by hitting reply on this email.
A number of early live sets from Daft Punk.
Each Sunday, Pitchfork takes an in-depth look at a significant album from the past, and any record not in our archives is eligible. Today, we revisit Daft Punk’s debut, the duo’s greatest illusion yet.
I love Daft Punk and have always been somewhat mesmerised by their music. For me the genius is captured in the documentary Daft Punk Unchained. I think that this is eptimosed with Random Access Memories. What I love the most is the way the tracks and the album as a whole ebbs and flows. Whether it be the changes in intensity or the blend of acoustic and electronic. As a sidenote, Darkside also created a remix of the album.