Daft Punk: Discovery LP
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In their nearly 30-year history together Grammy-winning robot helmet adorned French house duo Daft Punk redefined electronic music, pioneered the live dance concert experience and shaped pop culture. Widely regarded as an innovative synthesis of techno, house, acid house and disco, their 1997 debut Homework stands among the most influential dance music recordings of all time. By 1999 the duo were well into the recording sessions for their second album, embarking down converging paths of analog and digital music by incorporating samples from the late '70s and early '80s to flesh out a distinctly more pop-oriented sound. 2001's multi-platinum Discovery was conceived as an attempt to reconnect with a playful, open-minded attitude associated with the discovery phase of childhood. It reached No. 2 in the UK, and its single "One More Time" was a major club hit, adding a new generation to their obsessive ranks of fans internationally. Additional singles - "Digital Love" as well as the Kanye West sampled "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" - were also hugely successful. "This album has a lot to do with our childhood and the memories of the state we were in at that stage of our lives," said Thomas Bangalter. "It's about our personal relationship to that time. It's less of a tribute to the music from 1975 to 1985 as an era, and more about focusing on the time when we were zero to ten years old. When you're a child you don't judge or analyze music. You just like it because you like it. You're not concerned with whether it's cool or not. Sometimes you might relate to just one thing in a song, such as the guitar sound. This album takes a playful, fun, and colorful look at music. It's about the idea of looking at something with an open mind and not asking too many questions. It's about the true, simple, and honest relationship you have with music when you're open to your own feelings."