Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Top-20 Albums of 2013, no.3: Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

The undisputed kings of electronic dance music, Daft Punk, released their much awaited fourth album, Random Access Memories, last May. Gathering critical acclaim as well as commercial success, it further cements their position in dance music history. Perfectly encapsulating disco and electronic music past elements, it catapults them to the forefront of the modern dance scene, reaching an apex in an area covered by many other, particularly European, artists. Some dismiss it as "disco" but it is not as simple as that. Using live instruments as well as digital, with Nile Rodgers in three tracks, an incredible tribute to Giorgio Moroder, the voice of Pharell Williams, the guitar and vocals of Julian Casablancas and also Panda Bear, they juxtapose computer against human, analogue against digital, past against future, all in the way memories are randomly stored in the brain as well as a hard drive. This is the soundtrack of year 2013.

no.04: Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2
no.05: Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience 1 of 2
no.06: London Grammar - If You Wait
no.07: The National - Trouble Will Find Me
no.08: Anna Calvi - One Breath
no.09: James Blake - Overgrown
no.10: Poliça - Shulamith
no.11: Scott Matthew - Unlearned
no.12: Phosphorescent - Muchacho
no.13: Laura Mvula - Sing For The Moon
no.14: The Ballet - I Blame Society
no.15: Son Lux - Lanterns
no.16: Gustaf Spetz - Saknaden
no.17: Daughter - If You Leave
no.18: Larry Gus - Years Not Living
no.19: Pan Pan - Missing Two Trains On Purpose 
no.20: inc. - No World

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