Album Image from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discovery_(Daft_Punk_album)
Despite hearing the album for the first time 10 years after it’s original release. Daft Punk’s Discovery goes down as one of my favourite albums of all-time. Along with Swedish House Mafia and Pendulum, Daft Punk got me right into electronic music.
When I started to do mixes on GarageBand, I listened to all sorts of music, classical, reggae, hip hop and electronic.
In 2010, the charts were dominated not just by mainstream pop but electronic music as well so I began listening to the likes of Calvin Harris, Swedish House Mafia, Pendulum and rappers Tinchy Stryder and Tinie Tempah who incorporated a lot of electronic into their music.
However Daft Punk didn’t come into the frame until “One More Time” was recommended to me for a playlist on Blinkbox which was then known as we7 (that’s how old I am!), but when I listened, really liked it.
Almost a year later, I decided to buy the album and it when I listened to it for the first time, I felt it changed me for a lot of reasons.
Image from pitchfork.com/features/cover-story/reader/daft-punk/
One reason why this is because Daft Punk helped me expand my music taste as I was mainly into rock and indie music and it gave me a change of scenery and a whole new area of music to explore, as I started to listen to Avicii and Deadmau5 as well. At the time I first listened to Daft Punk, I was listening to a lot of hard rock/grunge.
Another reason (and this is gonna sound cheesy) it also uplifted spirits as songs like “Digital Love” and “Something About Us” boosted my morale because when I was during 14 or 15, I was depressed quite a lot and Daft Punk helped me find a good escape from that.
Standout songs for me would be “Aerodynamic”, “Digital Love”, “Crescendolls”, “Something About Us” and “Voyager”. “One More Time” and “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger,” but I feel the others don’t get as much credit.
Having heard Discovery and then Homework, Daft Punk’s debut album. I would say I prefer Discovery as it had more variety in “Nightvision” (the ultimate chill out song), “Something About Us” (a funk ballad) and “Face To Face” (featuring guest vocalist Todd Edwards).
If you’re an electronic/house music fan and you haven’t heard this album, I’d strongly recommend it, it’s a true classic. These two “robots” are true geniuses and rather than always hearing the likes of S Club 7 and DJ Sammy (no digs btw). I would’ve happily danced just to this album at a school disco.
Written by Andrew Greig.