As fans we’re all pretty jazzed at this point. After all the rumors, fake releases, and false advertisements, I assumed that the French duo composed of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter would never produce again. And as a duo that shaped my appreciation for dance music when I was a teenager, this was potentially heart-breaking. But with the official word from Columbia Records that Daft Punk have A). signed an exclusive deal with the label and B.) also plan to release their fifth studio album, Random Access Memories, later this year -- my 13 year old self broke out their 1997 album Homework and gave it a listen back from start to finish.
I have a strong feeling that the return of Daft Punk will also be the return of quality mainstream music that possesses the originality and funk that made Guy-Manuel and Thomas into dons, OG’s, even – godfathers, in the era of EDM. So in anticipation of this new album release, I’ve charted five significant reasons why the new Daft Punk album could be a huge game changer.
5. RECENT INCREASED INTEREST IN INDIE DANCE AND NU-DISCO MUSIC
Recently, I’ve seen an influx of mainstream house music fans gravitate to the more underground music scene that’s composed of indie dance, nu-disco, garage and other various sub-genres. Each of these genres gained some sort of musical influence from Daft Punk and it’s clearly heard in their production. Now I know both indie dance and nu-disco have been around for sometime, but fans of all genres can appreciate Daft Punk’s versatile work. With this increase and newfound appreciation for these lesser known genres, Daft Punk’s new album can help the under ground rise without sacrificing the quality of the music like they have continually done in the past.
4. THE FACT THAT THE TRON LEGACY SOUNDTRACKWASN’T AN ACTUAL “DAFT PUNK ALBUM”
When I was discussing the new album with several colleagues, they detailed the lack of faith in the forthcoming project based upon their reactions to the TRON Legacy Soundtrack, which was composed entirely by Daft Punk. Alright people, let’s get something perfectly straight here: the TRON Soundtrack was NOT an actual Daft Punk album. Yes Guy-Manuel and Thomas scored the entire movie, which was transferred into a physical soundtrack, but these productions were not a sole Daft Punk project. They were granted the opportunity to score a movie and they absolutely nailed it. If one can understand the difference between scoring a movie and releasing an album, then you’ll understand this reason why it could be a ‘game changer’
3. FIRST STUDIO ALBUM SINCE 2005
We all thought they had fallen off the face of the earth, but low and behold through cryptic images and non-detailed web pages, we have confirmed the return of Daft Punk. This new album would be their fourth studio album after the momentous ‘Human After All’ that housed some of my favorite tunes ‘Technologic’ and ‘Robot Rock’. With that much time to think, craft, and work on new material and new sounds – I can only imagine what they have in store for us fans. Now, this isn’t a situation like Dr. Dre’s ‘Detox’ album that has yet to see the light of day after over a decade of hype, these are two genuinely talented gents that have classic experience in producing the finest dance music. Just like wine, Daft Punk will only get better with time and this new album will prove it!
2.THE POSSIBILITY OF A DAFT PUNK TOUR
Now with a new album and record deal comes the possibility of a tour. Will we get to see Daft Punk make another Coachella appearance, or maybe Ultra, or even their own world-wide tour? Who knows! And the fact that we don’t know yet, is amazing. As we sit back and bask in the glow of a simple confirmation of new music from the duo, we can only think about what a tour could mean. Although I wasn’t able to attend Alive 2007, I have watched countless< videos of their live show set up, and no contemporary dance music artist could possibly compete with it. I mean c’mon, who can do better than THIS?!
1. INSPIRING UP & COMING PRODUCERS AND DJ’S TO PUT MORE EFFORT INTO THEIR MUSIC.
My final and last reason why this new album could be a game changer is quite opinionated. The bubble of dance music is beginning to burst as the market becomes over saturated with talentless hacks picking up a computer, headphones, and a set of turntables and considering themselves a Grade A producer. To make quality music, it takes time, effort, and skill. I feel that in this new craze we’ve all been swept up in, we’ve lost sight of quality music and in place of that, just search endlessly for “the drop”. Dance music is so much more to that and as a multi-faceted genre, Daft Punk showcased that fact so well. A new studio album from them could breathe life into this industry so heavily focused on Co2 sprays, neon tank tops and Kandi bracelets. A new studio album from Daft Punk, could be a game changer, and I for one am ready to see the change!