With the release of Daft Punk‘s much hyped new long player ‘Random Access Memories’ imminent, we thought it a perfect time to revisit the excellent sample material that has provided the backbone to some of the duo’s best loved hits. We have put together a special mixtape comprising some of our favorites: disco, funk, rock and more. Our rundown of the tracks featured follows:
When Daft Punk announced last month that the only sample to feature on their new studio album would be of 1980s Australian rockers The Sherbs (formerly known as Sherbet) the internet was a buzz with curiosity as to what the rest of the album, uncharacteristically sample free, would sound like. This track has since then consistently topped our hot samples list.
Daft Punk’s use of Eddie Johns‘ horn led Disco work out ‘More Spell on You’ is one of the more subtle samples to feature in the mix, but nonetheless one of the more popular on the site. Lifting three distinct horn stabs and re-arranging them to create a repetitive but infectious melody, our mix contains a short re-edit which gives the sample some context in the original track.
A straight loop of the intro to George Duke‘s ‘I Love You More’, filtered and backed with synth pads forms the basis of Daft Punk’s 2001 single ‘Digital Love’.
Deftly chopping synth bass and guitar licks from Sister Sledge‘s original, this is another of Daft Punk’s more interesting sample chops. That aside, the Sister Sledge original is quite simply an excellent disco / boogie track.
Daft Punk’s ‘Indo Silver Club’ takes an instrumental loop from Karen Young‘s 1978 West End records vocal disco classic and adds techier elements to create the repetitive groove led cut from the duo’s debut LP.
This is the only track to feature in our mix which does not comprise a direct sample. Replaying the rising bass groove from ‘Down to Love Town’, this infectious loop appears roughly mid way through Daft Punk’s ‘Burnin’ giving the track its essence.
This is one of the more obscure sample references in the mix, but one of our favorites. Appearing only in the ‘Ten Minutes of Funk Mix’ of ‘Da Funk’ (and not the original version), this superb synth groove really brings this remix alive. And again, the original is a superb record in its own right.
When hearing Breakwater‘s ‘Release The Beast’ for the first time you’d be forgiven for thinking that you were in fact listening to Daft Punk’s ‘Robot Rock’. It’s a huge sample, lifted with very little added in the reworking. That said, it works very well and Breakwater’s original is simply a monster of rock / boogie fusion.
Better known for its central groove, much sampled in early hip hop, Vaughan Mason and Crew‘s ‘Bounce, Skate, Rock, Roll’ would seem to be Daft Punk’s go to record for heavy disco drums, having been used by the duo on three different tracks. ‘Da Funk’, of which the distinctive drums form an integral part, was the first. The drum track appears as a loop in our mix, forming a seque in and out of the following track.
This is another of Daft Punk’s more straight up samples, a loop from Little Anthony and the Imperials providing not only the guitar lick which underpins ‘Crescendolls’ but also the vocals, shouts and cheers which bring the spirit of the party to the track.
Another substantial sample forms the basis of Daft Punk’s ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’, a straight loop later giving way to more sophisticated chops. These tracks also form part of one of the more popular sample chains on our site, Daft Punk’s ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’ having been sampled itself for Kanye West‘s ‘Stronger’.
Listen to the mix below: