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07.31.13 Brandon Soderberg

It is the summer of Pharrell Williams. The producer/crooner/rapper’s voice and new-age without the nuance outlook are currently coursing through two of the summer’s biggest hits: Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” It’s a strange moment for the 40 year old, who, with the legendary production duo the Neptunes, turned early 2000s […]

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05.23.13 Matthew Ramirez

I was never a Daft Punk fan until Random Access Memories, and it had to do with a shallow perception of the band as gimmick musicians: robot masks, huge waiting periods between albums (the better to push the product), a unified aesthetic that didn’t ring genuine, but as carefully branded as a corporate logo. And […]

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04.18.13 Andy Cush

Each week in Sample Wars, we’ll pit two songs which sample the same source material head-to-head against each other, to determine which one rocked the sample better. After taking last week off (sorry guys!), we’re back with a very smooth, very funky edition of Sample Wars. We’ll be looking at a little-known French duo called Daft […]

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03.04.13 Andy Cush

As you may have heard, Daft Punk debuted a scant 15 seconds of music in a teaser for their upcoming album during Saturday’s episode of SNL. It’s an effortlessly funky few measures (is that you on guitar, Nile Rodgers?), and may portend, inasmuch as a 15-second snippet can portend anything, a turn away from the […]

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