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Daft Club is an album by the French electronic house duo, Daft Punk. It features numerous remixes of tracks from their 2001 album, Discovery, and one from Homework. It was released in 2003 (2004 in the US).

BackgroundEdit

The name of the album comes from Daft Punk's online music service, which featured remixed songs, a live recording of Daft Punk performing at the Que Club (which would later be released as Alive 1997), and an a cappella and instrumental version of "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger". The service was available for free to people who bought early versions of the Discovery album. Each album included a "Daft Club" membership card, which granted access to the Daft Club website. The service ended in January 2003.

In regards to the album and online music service, Thomas Bangalter stated:

{{cquote| It's great to find a new channel where there is an open access, open door to more, but not more than had to be done before. It's establishing a connection between people that listen to our music and ourselves. There's no limits of time, and it helps people get and listen to this music. A track that could have been done today can be online tomorrow. The other thing is to really express ourselves through the Internet. And the other thing is to really bring some value in the CD itself. Buying the CD should not become a charity thing for the record industry. That's really important, because that's what it became, in a way. People that would buy our CD would say, 'I'm buying the CD because I want to help the artist,' and it's bullshit in a way, to have to think like that. It's a real thing, and it's regretful.[1]

Limited edition copies of the film Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem featured Daft Club as a second disc. The track "Something About Us (Love Theme from Interstella 5555)" is omitted from this version. A limited edition of this album was also released in Japan. It includes an extra track and a bonus DVD-Video. The DVD contains a preview of Interstella 5555, interviews in English with Daft Punk, a music video for "Crescendolls" from the film and a video for "Something About Us" that includes a montage of various scenes.

Tracks from Discovery were remixed in Daft Club except "Nightvision", "Superheroes", "High Life", "Veridis Quo" and "Short Circuit". In place of these tracks are additional remixes of "Face to Face", "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" and "Aerodynamic", respectively. Also featured is the "Aerodynamic" B-side titled "Aerodynamite", the previously-unreleased track "Ouverture" and a remix of the Homework track "Phœnix".

Critical receptionEdit

An extremely negative review by Pitchfork features an artist's illustrated interpretations of how the remixed songs compare to the original versions. The review also stated that [the album]'s contributors "all seem intent upon completely decimating the source material" and that "to listen to Daft Club front-to-back is–and it's pointless to exaggerate here–to watch a loved one be physically dismembered."[2]

Track listing

No. Title Length
1. "Ouverture" 2:40
2. "Aerodynamic" (Daft Punk Remix) 6:10
3. "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" (The Neptunes Remix) 5:11
4. "Face to Face" (Cosmo Vitelli Remix) 4:55
5. "Phoenix" (Basement Jaxx Remix) 7:53
6. "Digital Love" (Boris Dlugosch Remix) 7:30
7. "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" (Jess & Crabbe Remix) 6:01
8. "Face to Face" (Demon Remix) 6:59
9. "Crescendolls" (Laidback Luke Remix) 5:25
10. "Aerodynamic" (Slum Village Remix) 3:37
11. "Too Long" (Gonzales Version) 3:13
12. "Aerodynamite" 7:48
13. "One More Time" (Romanthony's Unplugged) 3:40
14. "Something About Us" (Love Theme from Interstella 5555) 2:13
Total length: 1:13:15
Japan bonus track
  1. "Voyager" (Dominique Torti's Wild Style Edit) – 6:32


ReferencesEdit

  1. Yahoo! Music Webarchive June 9, 2007.
  2. Nick Sylvester (28 January 2004). Daft Punk: Daft Club. Pitchfork. Retrieved on 24 November 2011.
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Daft Punk albums

Homework (1997)Discovery (2001)Human After All (2005)Random Access Memories (2013)
Musique Vol. 1 (1993-2005) (2006)
Daft Club (2003)Human After All: Remixes (2006)Tron: Legacy Reconfigured (2011)
Alive 1997 (2001)Alive 2007 (2007)
Tron: Legacy (2010)

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