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The Best Daft Punk Album?

So…Daft Punk. Every electronic and dance fan worth their weight loves them. Daft Punk epitomize what every artist in the industry, regardless of genre, wants to be in their career. They have complete creative control, they’re indie cool, they’re mainstream popular, and they have a mind-blowing live show. Daft Punk’s live show could have honestly just been them pressing play on their entire discography from start to finish. They have the most prolific discography of any dance artist to date, not to mention their stellar solo work that they can pull from as well. So this is what I’m here to discuss. We’re going to totally skip over the debate of best dance artist, as this is indisputable. Which Daft Punk album is the best? That isn’t so cut and dry. So let’s get to work.

Let’s begin by eliminating Alive 2007, the recorded version of their live show. While mind-blowingly awesome, it really isn’t studio work. So we’re not going to include that one. Also, the Tron Legacy Soundtrack. Again, while a great step forward for film scores and a great piece of work, it’s not really a Daft Punk album, per se. So we’re skipping that too.

So what’s left is Homework, their debut released in 1997, Discovery, Daft Punk’s sophomore effort released in 2001, and Human After All, released in 2005. I’m going to work backwards and eliminate one first. Although still a stellar album despite some of the harsh reviews it has received over the years, I have to eliminate Human After All from the running first. While it has it’s standout tracks such as Technologic, Robot Rock, and the title track Human After All, the album as a whole is unfortunately lacking. A few tracks I could have lived without and it’s much too repetitive at times, even for a fan of house music like myself. However, re-contextualized within the Alive 2007 show, Human After All really shines as the star. Unfortunately, on its own, it is not the best Daft Punk album.

Okay, so this is the hard part. Daft Punk’s first two albums have been absolutely groundbreaking within the genre and for popular music in general. Let’s start with Homework. The album hits hard from start to finish, featuring the best collection of acid house tracks ever assembled. Da Funk became an instant classic. Around the World became an instant classic. The slick, breezy waves of Fresh. The ear-shattering synths of Rolling & Scratching. The thumping kick-drum of Indo Silver Club. The album perfects what already was, and innovates in ways never seen before. Daft Punk’s production techniques were a decade ahead of their time. So, all in all, pretty good review.

Next, Discovery, Daft Punk’s second album. From the opening seconds of One More Time, until the closing seconds of Too Long, Discovery produces single after single. One More Time is perhaps the most popular dance track of all time. Aerodynamic brings a whole new meaning to the use of guitars, if that is even a guitar they used to get those sounds. Digital Love. Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger, a hit in and of itself and samples of it were used by Kanye West to birth another hit single. Crescendolls. Nightvision. Superheroes. High Life. Something About Us, with its sexy jazz lounge vibe. Voyager, with one of the greatest basslines I’ve ever heard besides Around the World. Veridis Quo. Short Circuit. Face to Face. And of course, Too Long. Every single track on the album has single potential. The songs make you want to dance, they’re accessible, they hit hard, and they sound fun. Through the use of an unbelievable ear for samples, expert production, and a desire to make people dance, Daft Punk have created a masterpiece.

So, which album is the best? The winner goes to Discovery by a nose. Although all of their work is phenomenal, Discovery stands out as the best purely for its accessibility. Homework takes a few listens to grow on the listener, especially if you’re new to the genre. Discovery, on the other hand, will have you dancing from start to finish right from the first listen. And then, after you’ve listened to it on CD over a hundred times, get the album on vinyl and your mind will be blown all over again!

What do you think? Which Daft Punk album do you like best? Should I have included Alive and Tron in my reviews? Or should we start from the beginning and debate if Daft Punk is really the king? Comment below!


5 Dance Albums You Need to Hear

These are the five albums, at the moment, that I think everyone needs to listen to.  Don’t forget to follow the links to preview the tracks!

5.  Mylo – Destroy Rock & Roll

Destroy Rock & Roll

Super smooth, and sexy.  Perfect for a lazy afternoon by the pool.

4.  Cassius – 1999


This album is an experience in the artistry of sampling.  This album is meant to be enjoyed from start to finish.  However, if you must I recommend “Feeling for You” and “Foxxy”.

3.  Room 5 – Music and You

Music & You

This album is a perfect example of solid, straightforward disco house.  With an excellent ear for catchy disco samples and top notch production, Room 5 has crafted a solid half hour of disco fun.

2.  Daft Punk – Discovery


This is an obvious choice.  Daft Punk are the kings of dance music.  With mainstream influence and indie cool, Daft Punk has it all.  Cool robot helmets, mysterious identities, and of course awesome music.  This is an album I believe anyone, even the biggest haters, will fall in love with.  Every track on this album has single potential and it is 45 minutes of your life you will want to experience over and over again.

1.  Chic – Greatest Hits

Very Best of Chic

Whoa, Daft Punk at #2?  I realize how blasphemous that may seem, but Chic is the reason modern dance music exists in the form it does today.  Their work has shaped the other albums on this list and their samples actually appear in a few tracks.  It is impossible to decide the best album they have ever written.  However, every fan of modern dance and house music needs to be aware of their extensive influence.

What are your favorite dance albums?  Feel free to discuss in the comments below!  

Duck Sauce!

The dance music dream team of A-Trak and Armand Van Helden have created some of the best house disco I’ve ever heard!  They work together under the moniker of Duck Sauce.  Strange name, but the music is sick.  Check out their EP, titled Greatest Hits and my personal favorite track below.  And no, this didn’t come out in the 70’s.

My First Mix!!!

So I’ve been listening to a lot of DJ mixes recently, and I thought I’d try my hand at one.  I just used a simple Garageband like program called Mixcraft.  No real DJing going on here unfortunately.  Regardless, it was fun to make and I thought it came out pretty well.  My favorite part is the transition between DJ Mehdi’s Lucky Girl and Daft Punk’s Oh Yeah at 32:40-33:00. Enjoy!

Download here!


1. WDPK 83.7 FM – Daft Punk

2. Funk Ad – Daft Punk

3. Easy Love – MSTRKRFT

4. Cross the Dancefloor – Treasure Fingers

5. Right Round (Benny Benassi Remix) – Flo Rida

6. Oh! (A-Trak Remix) – Boys Noize

7. D.A.N.C.E. (MSTRKRFT Remix) – Justice

8. Push The Feeling On – Nightcrawlers

9. Face to Face – Daft Punk

10. Liquid Dance – AR Rahman

11. Lucky Girl – DJ Mehdi

12. Oh Yeah – Daft Punk

13. Mothership Reconnection (Featuring Parliament) – Daft Punk

14. September (House Mix) – Earth Wind and Fire

Taio Cruz Will Only Break Your Heart

This is an awesome dance song.  It’s actually pretty artistic if you think about it.  The happy up beat dance beat contrasts the ultimately sad lyrics perfectly, not bad.  But, that’s up to interpretation I guess.  One problem, though.  Ludacris is featured on the track and he sucks.  I can understand why they did this.  Ludacris clearly gives the song much more mainstream appeal, but it also makes the song worse in my opinion.  Luckily, there is the art of the remix.  The best one I’ve found so far is by hardcore techno producer Darren Styles.  Check out his website, and enjoy the remix!

Holy Ghost! Rocks The Discotheque

Holy Ghost!

I Know I Hear EP

(DFA Records; 2010)

I don’t really know much about them, other than that they’re awesome.  It’s a little bit of ’80’s revival, nu-disco, and a lot of fun.  Their I Know I Hear EP just dropped and its awesome!  Check it out!  Here’s the title track, I Know I Hear. Enjoy!

Check out their MySpace

The band website

Download the EP here

A-Trak’s Dirty South Dance 2 is Here!


Dirty South Dance 2

(Obey; 2010)

The wait is finally over!  Ever since I heard A-Trak’s original Dirty South Dance, I was a huge fan.  And then when I heard he had a follow-up in the works, you bet I was excited.  And, well, it’s here and it’s awesome!  Mixes including Soulja Boy, Lil Wayne, Ludacris and Kid Sister among others drop in a fashion only A-Trak could provide.  You can listen to the entire mix below.  Follow the link in the player for the FREE download.  Enjoy!

One Track, One Day on YouTube!

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