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Lost In Dance Music

Lose Yourself To Dance – Daft Punk feat Pharrell & Nile Rodgers -single

The current  holy trinity of dance music return with the second best single from Random Access Memories.  If spring/early summer was all about Get Lucky, then late summer/autumn will be all about Lose Yourself To Dance!

Those expecting Get Lucky Part 2 are in for a pleasant surprise, as this time around they have  gone for a downtempo groove with obligatory handclaps. I  can visualise clubbers doing the bustop or the bump to. Below is an excellent, Soul Train video on Youtube which highlights my point.

























Nile Rodgers’s guitar work is funktastic; Pharrell highlights this with a number of “Guitar” ad libs. A joyous ode to just letting loose on the dancefloor, with the robots encouraging everyone to CMon CMon CMon, with the mega sales of Random Access Memories it is unlikely that Lose Yourself To Dance will have the same impact as Get Lucky but I for one intend to get lost in this dance music!

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Yeezus West


Yeezus (Photo credit: achimh)

Kanye West – Yeezus (Album)

Following on from 2010 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (MBDTF), Kanye West unleashes his 6th solo album Yeezus. Like on many of his albums Kanye has a list of collaborators on board including Daft Punk , Frank Ocean, Kid Cudi, Charlie Wilson and Justin Vernon.

Daft Punk are credited to have written and produced a number of tracks on this album, whilst they have kept the disco party bangers for their own Random Access Memories album, on Yeezus they take Kanye West into deep dark territory, but is Yeezus any good?

On Sight – Kanye spits out “no sports bra lets keep it bouncing” and that’s what this track does over a sprightly electro opener, just don’t listen to the lyrics. Black Skinhead provocative title and a confrontational Kanye spitting lyrics over bleak dark industrial beats – definitely not a song to hum or sing out loud to!

On I Am A God something tells me that Kanye is having a rant about the media with the lines “Soon as they like you make em unlike you, Cause kissing people’s ass is so unlike you. New Slaves – another bleak electro track which talks about a bleak subject; racism both in days gone by and the type of racism that is prevalent today.

Blood On The Leaves – probably the most commercial track on the album and uses a speeded up Nina Simone sample, Strange Fruit, to good effect

Bound 2 featuring vocals by Charlie Wilson closes the album, with questionable lyrics with Kanye not wanting to leave a reminder on a girls mink; think Monica Lewinsky

Whilst most rappers are making party/euro trance lite records, Kanye has made the darkest, angriest,deepest rap/hip hop record you’ll hear this decade. Yeezus makes his MBDTF  seem like a Will Smith album.

Yeezus is not for everyone as it is dark, bleak, angry, confrontational, challenging; and at times hard to listen to, however, it is everything that innovative music should be. Is Kanye West a god? probably but only in a recording studio.

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The Robots Keep On Giving

Daft Punk – Random Access Memories (Album)

Daft Punk have truly gone back into time to the 70’s & 80’s and have brought back Nile Rodgers & Giorgio Moroder with them along with a number of more up to the minute collaborators, but does Random Access Memories live up to all the hype?

The opening track Give Life Back To The Music Featuring Nile Rodgers, starts boldly before turning into a disco stomper, which could have easily appeared on a Chic or a Sister Sledge album

The Game Of Love – starts of slowly it sounds like it could be off any 80’s soul album before the Robots vocals kick in, later on in the album we get Beyond which has a startling opening and then gives way to a tune that sounds very much like I Keep Forgetting but with a robotic vocal.

Giorgio by Moroder feat Giorgio Moroder is Giorgio Moroder speaking about his early days in making music over a funky beat which is not dissimilar to Cerrone’s Supernature. Within feat Chilly Gonzales , slows down the pace, a beautiful ballad with a filtered vocal.

Instant Crush – featuring Julian Casablancas – initially feels like filler until it gets to the chorus when it ups the tempo, but I cannot help feel that this would be better with a straight forward vocal, that apart, this song is lovely

Lose Yourself To Dance featuring Pharrell & Nile Rodgers
Pharrell’s high pitch vocal urging you to lose yourself to dance with the robots pleading c’mon c’mon c‘mon & Nile’s funky guitar, how can one resist?

Touch feat Paul Williams Starts off slow and sounds like a song from a show and then disco kicks in, I don’t know why but I am reminded of Don’t Leave Me This Way whilst listening to this track, this track takes so many twists and turns its hard to keep up. We also get another possible Cerrone reference (If Love Is The Answer) with the Robots asking If love is the answer you must hold on.

There’s not much I can say about Get Lucky which has not already been said but here we get the full version and it sounds better than the single edit, Nile Rodger’s guitar work has never sounded better.

Random Access Memories lives up to its hype -just, it may not be a straight to the dance floor album that many may have expected after Get Lucky, however, there is enough on this album to keep the sales ticking over with each subsequent single release.

Random Access Memories may well be Daft Punk’s Thriller, has anybody noticed that the calligraphy on both albums are similar and on both albums in the top left hand corner.

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