Over the past few days I’ve listened to Daft Punk’s latest album, Random Access Memories, in a loop for hours on end. At first it caught me by surprise, this smoother throwback sound is not what I had come to expect from the creators of songs like Robot Rock and Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger. It was a shock to hear something reminiscent of the eighties from a duo that seems to have traveled from the future to gift us with their music. The shock quickly gave way to a pure, unadulterated enchantment and an almost hypnotic fascination with the tracks. I found myself travelling though emotionally complex soundscapes in songs like Touch and Within. Daft Punk went beyond the usual surface level feel-good vibes of typical electronic music and dove into creating songs that are a rich mosaic of emotions. Songs so well constructed that they seemingly pull you away from wherever you are and submerge you into some parallel existence of their own creation before gently lifting you back up to the surface and placing you back to wherever it was that you where before they so nimbly hijacked your mind for a moment that feels so brief it borders on cruelty. And such was my satisfaction while listening to Random Access Memories that I played the album for hours on end in an attempt to keep that euphoric sensation going for as long as I could. The twelfth track of the album is called Doin’ It Right and Daft Punk are definitely doing it right. I highly recommend the album to anyone, not just Daft Punk fans (actually, if you didn’t like their music in the past this might be the album that changes your mind). Chances are that you’ve heard the album’s single, Get Lucky, on the radio and if you liked it, that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

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