Daft Punk comes alive on new disc

NW Staff

It’s hard to imagine a very impressive live show from a band who makes their music by pressing buttons and turning knobs, but the French duo Daft Punk has figured out just how it’s done.

Daft Punk rode the electronic/dance wave to the top of the charts near the end of the last decade alongside groups like Basement Jaxx and Fatboy Slim. As the ’90s came to a close, electronic music left the mainstream. However, over the last handful of years, electronica has been making a comeback, thanks in part to pop acts from hellogoodbye to Justin Timberlake incorporating the style into their music.

Daft Punk released “Alive 2007” at the end of the year, in the middle of this new electronica surge. The album is a 74-minute live outdoor concert from Paris where the pair, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, remixed their own songs in front of a sold out crowd.

These aren’t any typical remixes of Daft Punk. They took two, three and sometimes four of their own songs and mashed them together to create an album that has only 12 tracks, but features 27 of their best songs from their 14-year career.

“Alive 2007” is an awesome album that is a definite must-have for any dance music fan. If 74 minutes of one of the greatest live raves isn’t enough, there’s more. It comes with a bonus disc featuring ten more minutes of music, the music video for their single “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” and a 50-page booklet with pictures from the show, with Daft Punk rocking their robot helmets and leather jackets inside a gigantic mirrored pyramid.

For fans of: The Chemical Brothers, Justice or Fatboy Slim

— Radio X staff