It is no longer a secret that Daft Punk’s long anticipated album Random Access Memories will be released May of this year. It's about time, we've been waiting pretty much since the end of their Alive tour in 2009. If you're like most EDM culture lovers, the French duo holds a very special place in your heart. With an influence that has never quite faded, the return of Daft Punk comes at a critical juncture. A Time when dance music in America is going through a completely chaotic cataclysm of transformation, where it seems producers are competing with each other as if it was a contest for who has the loudest bassline or hardest kick. Don’t get me wrong, what the current state of mainstream EDM is producing makes for quite an entertaining show, that is, at least for the moment. But Giorgio Moroder, producer of the theme song “Chase” for the film Midnight Express and producer of Donna Summer’s 1977 hit single “I Feel Love,” said it best when opening for the collaborators video series, stating that “what the world needs are not only good dance songs, which I think are out, but what the world needs is something new.” If you step back for a moment, it looks like more and more of dance music is being produced out of bedrooms and on laptops. It feels like we have also lost that feeling of what the disco era represented. Instead of everyone gathering to dance together, we go to shows just to see our favorites and look in one direction. That’s not what the music was about back then. Unfortunately, I don’t think there is much anyone can really do about that either. But, Giorgio closes by saying that “They (Daft Punk) had to do something which is different. Still dance, still electronic, but give that human touch back”. So, although we won’t be going back to the days of disco and early electronic music, it is my hope that this album will represent a fundamental change of how we celebrate dance music as we continue to share it with our friends, our family and the rest of the world.
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