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Martin James

French Connections : From Discotheque To Daft Punk - The Birth Of French Touch

    Revised reissue of the acclaimed first-ever book-length investigation into French Touch.

    "Updated version features previously unpublished interviews with Daft Punk, Laurent Garnier, Cerrone, Jean Jacques Perrey, Motorbass, Chris Le Friant (aka Bob Sinclar), Air, Etienne de Crecy, La Funk Mob, Cassius, The Micronauts, Stardust, Benjamin Diamond, Modjo, DJ GilbR, i-Cube, DJ Cam and many more...

    During the second half of the 1990s, Paris experienced a dance music revolution thanks to groundbreaking artists like Daft Punk, Air, Super Discount, Motorbass, Cassius, Dimitri from Paris, Bob Sinclar and many, many more. It was a scene that became known as French Touch and was heralded throughout the world as the epitome of dance music cool, forever placing Paris on the dance culture map.

    Journalist and author Martin James was there right from the start, documenting the scene from its inspirations to its earliest moments and onto its global breakthrough. In the process, he inadvertently provided the French Touch moniker that became adopted throughout the world.

    Drawing on a dazzling array of exclusive interviews with the biggest names in French electronic music history, French Connections explores France’s significant contribution to dance music culture that paved the way for the French Touch explosion."

    Daft Punk

    TRON: Legacy - 2022 Reissue

      Tron: Legacy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is the soundtrack album to the 2010 film of the same name, released on December 3, 2010. It is the only film score by French music duo Daft Punk.

      The score of Tron: Legacy features an 85-piece orchestra, recorded at AIR Lyndhurst Studios in London, Daft Punk cited Wendy Carlos, the composer of the original Tron film, as inspiration for the soundtrack as well as Max Steiner, Bernard Herrmann, John Carpenter, Vangelis and Maurice Jarre. The soundtrack debuted at number 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with sales of 71,000 copies. This marked the duo’s first top 10 album/soundtrack in the United States. As of November 17, 2011, It has sold 588,000 copies in the US as of May 2013 and is certified gold in the UK. Tron: Legacy received an award for “Best Original Score” from the Austin Film Critics Association and was nominated for Score of the Year and Breakout Composer of the Year and won Best Original Score for a Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror Film by the International Film Music Critics Association. The soundtrack album was nominated for Best Score Soundtrack Album for Visual Media at the 54th Grammy Awards.

      TRACK LISTING

      LP1 - Side A
      Overture
      The Grid
      The Son Of Flynn
      Recognizer
      Armory
      Arena
      Rinzler
      The Game Has Changed
      Outlands
      LP1 - Side B
      Adagio For TRON
      Nocturne
      End Of Line
      Derezzed
      Fall
      Solar Sailer
      Rectifier
      Disc Wars
      LP2 - Side C
      C.L.U.
      Arrival
      Flynn Lives
      TRON Legacy (End Titles)
      Finale
      LP2 - Side D
      Sea Of Simulation
      Encom Part II
      Encom Part I
      Round One
      Castor
      Reflections
      Sunrise Prelude

      Daft Punk

      TRON: Legacy Reconfigured - 2022 Reissue

        Tron: Legacy Reconfigured is a remix album of music by Daft Punk, originally released 5 April 2011. The album features remixes of selections of the Tron: Legacy film score by various contemporary electronic musicians such as M83, Avicii, Boys Noize, Moby, Paul Oakenfold and many more. Tron: Legacy Reconfigured charted in several countries and peaked at number one in the Billboard Dance/Electronic chart.

        TRACK LISTING

        LP1 - Side A
        Derezzed - Remixed By The Glitch Mob
        Fall - Remixed By M83 VS Big Black Delta
        The Grid - Remixed By The Crystal Method
        Adagio For TRON - Remixed By Teddybears
        LP1 - Side B
        The Son Of Flynn - Remixed By Ki:Theory
        C.L.U. - Remixed By Paul Oakenfold
        The Son Of Flynn - Remixed By Moby
        End Of Line - Remixed By Boys Noize
        LP2 - Side C
        Rinzler - Remixed By Kaskade
        Encom Part 2 - Remixed By Com Truise
        End Of Line - Remixed By Photek
        LP2 - Side D
        Arena - Remixed By The Japanese Popstars
        Derezzed - Remixed By Avicii
        Solar Sailer - Remixed By Pretty Lights
        TRON Legacy (End Titles) - Remixed By Sander Kleinenberg

        Daft Punk

        Alive 1997 - 2022 Reissue

          Alive 1997- Live recording from Birmingham, November 1997 45mn of non-stop live mixing, featuring Daft Punk’s standard tracks (Da Funk,Rollin’ & Scratching) along with thise techno-electronic electronic explosions unique to Daft Punk.

          TRACK LISTING

          Side A
          1. WDPK, Pt. 1 (Live In Birmingham)
          2. Da Funk (Live In Birmingham)
          3. Rollin' & Scratchin' (Live In Birmingham)
          Side B
          1. Rollin' & Scratchin' (Live In Birmingham)
          2. WDPK 83.7 FM, Pt. 2 (Live In Birmingham)
          3. Alive (Live In Birmingham)

          Daft Punk

          Homework - 2022 Reissue

            Homework In January 1997, Daft Punk released their critically acclaimed debut album multi -platinum Homework, featuring the hit singles Around the World, Burning and Revolution 909 plus Da Funk Album of 1997 by many in the music press.

            TRACK LISTING

            Side A
            1. Daftendirekt
            2. Wdpk 837 Fm
            3. Revolution 909
            4. Da Funk
            5. Phoenix
            Side B
            1. Fresh
            2. Around The World
            3. Rollin' & Scratchin'
            Side C
            1. Teachers
            2. High Fidelity
            3. Rock'n Roll
            4. Oh Yeah
            Side D
            1. Burnin'
            2. Indo Silver Club
            3. Alive
            4. Funk Ad

            Various Artists

            Around The World - A Daft Punk Tribute

              Get back to the rich musical universe of Daft Punk with this album dedicated to the legendary duo. Rediscover their best hits with versions interpreted by :Chilly Gonzales, Christian Prommer, The Dø, Señor Coconut, Chamberlain, Kid Loco, Soulwax and many more…

              TRACK LISTING

              A1. Chilly Gonzales - Something About Us
              A2. Christian Prommer's Drumlesson - Around The World
              A3. Emre Yazgin - Giorgio By Moroder
              A4. Federation Of The Disco Pimp - Robot Rock
              A5. Acoustic Beat Roots - Get Lucky
              A6. The Dø - Instant Crush (Live)
              B1. Señor Coconut - Around The World - Intro
              B2. Flash Mob Jazz - Get Lucky
              B3. Chamberlain - Veridis Quo
              B4. Kid Loco - Da Funk
              B5. Laura Lace - Aerodynamic
              B6. Soulwax - Teachers

              Daft Punk / Gonzales

              Erol Alkan Reworks

                Way back when (approx 12 years ago), in those glory days of dingy basements and gaffa taped trainers, a whole new genreration of dancers were taking a journey of musical discovery at the the invitation of one Erol Alkan and his banging clubnight Trash. Electroclash, nu-disco, post-punk, punk-funk, nu rave, techno, there was a fair bit of techno, and indie cuts all rubbed shoulders, pogoed and made out in the middle of the dancefloor, getting totally fucked up as Erol threw them into the blender. This series sees the Phantasy man showcase his ear for a tune and hand for a killer rework with retrospective series of his best reinterpretations.
                On the A-side, Erol rips apart the abrasive electro snarl of Daft Punk's "Brainwasher" and stitches it back together with a series of rib rattling breakbeats, gloomy keys and tremulous bass. Hard hitting, head-fucking electro tackle which predated the current breaks revival by a decade. Flip it for an Erol rework of Chilly Gonzales' "Never Stop". This dancefloor mauler works from a standard electro set up of kick+snare+hats before dropping into bleepy keys, pitched down vocal flips and a rampant electrodisco bassline. 'Ave it!

                Daft Punk

                Random Access Memories

                  After more hype and fanfare than I can remember, Daft Punk finally deliver "Random Access Memories". On the previous trilogy of records they've changed the music world and heralded new eras and scenes. From the jacking filter house of 1997's "Homework", an album which set the blueprint for the whole French touch scene, to the pop majesty of 2001's "Discovery", a sampledelic journey through the kaleidescope of 70s disco and funk, to 2005's "Human After All", the rough and abrasive record that in hindsight heralded the new wave of French electronic producers. They are rightly regarded as the leading electronic musicians of their time and not only have they recorded a hype worthy record, they've delivered a classic.

                  Drawing inspiration of the sounds of the 70s and 80s, "Random Access Memories" serves up bouncing disco (Worldwide summer smash "Get Lucky" and "Lose Yourself To Dance"), prog jazz ("Giorgio by Moroder" and "Touch") and West Coast AOR ("Instant Crush", "Beyond" and "Fragments of Time"). The influences are similar to 2001's "Discovery", but rather than samples, the album instead features an all star roster of collaborators from all over the musical world recorded live in studio sessions.

                  Those expecting an album of easy dancefloor hits will be disappointed, Daft Punk have never simply retrodden uninspired paths and have instead turned out an expansive and exhaustive journey through an era before house music, where sentiment and nostalgia is preferred over beats. But don't fear, the dancefloor won't be neglected entirely, album closer "Contact" is probably a hint of what they might have in store for us on the soon-come remix disc!


                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Patrick says: The massive and eagerly awaited new album from Daft Punk, does not disappoint. This is their fourth album and first in over eight years. Working on a theme of 70s disco, influenced by movie soundtracks, the album is full of catchy summer sounding hits.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. Give Life Back To Music
                  2. The Game Of Love
                  3. Giorgio By Moroder
                  4. Within
                  5. Instant Crush
                  6. Lose Yourself To Dance (Feat. Pharrell Williams)
                  7. Touch
                  8. Get Lucky (Feat. Pharrell Williams And Nile Rodgers)
                  9. Beyond
                  10. Motherboard
                  11. Fragments Of Time
                  12. Doin' It Right
                  13. Contact


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