Discovered: A Collection of Daft Punk Samples
While the world is still reeling from Daft Punk’s jaw-dropping summer tour and anticipating their forthcoming feature film, Electroma, the only thing left for the duo to do in 2007 is, erm, reveal all of their secrets? So it goes with Discovered, a collection of samples that exposes the source material that Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo borrowed through the years to make their innovative house music. The first impression is that Daft Punk are plagiarists with an affinity for pillaging forgotten rare groove, funk and disco singles. "Robot Rock” is uncovered as nothing more than Breakwater’s "Release the Beast” stripped of its singing and extended groove, which the duo replace with bionic vocals and an inexhaustible loop. The same pretty much goes with "Harder, Better, Stronger, Faster” and its exact semblance to most of Edwin Birdsong’s "Cola Bottle Baby,” as well as "Digital Love,” which nicks the opening melodic salvo of George Duke’s "I Love You More” for its entirety. But the deeper you get, the more Daft Punk’s genius surfaces. "Da Funk” apparently sponges off Tata Vega’s "Get It Up For Love” but you’d be hard-pressed to guess from where, and the same goes for Stardust’s "Music Sounds Better With You” and its hidden resemblance to Chaka Khan’s "Fate.” After a point it’s either a case of the obvious or the unheard. The guessing games you can play are enough to keep you interested, but pay close attention and you’ll notice there’s a fine collection of known and unknown classics waiting to be discovered with their own merits.
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