As the world continues to reel from the shock of the Paris attacks, we at LT3 thought we’d take a moment to pay tribute in this month’s Bootie Samples to one of the city’s greatest musical exports, Daft Punk.
A music standard in every household since the ‘90s, the robot duo has almost single-handedly inspired an entire generation of millennials to love electronic music, and has spawned countless producer imitators in their wake. Their mark on music history is one that will live on even after they are gone, but then again, we’re pretty sure robots live forever.
Whether consciously or unconsciously, few electronic music artists would deny that the Grammy-winning pair hasn’t had a hand in shaping their sound. Many sample and remix their work, while others use their tunes in DJ sets as a fail-proof means of gaining the crowd’s love. Though Daft Punk base a lot of their greatest hits around samples themselves, burying and distorting the snippets deep within their productions, their legacy continues to be a source for other artists to pull inspiration.
We have compiled some of the best bootlegs, remixes, edits, and other uses of Daft Punk’s samples used in last five years to demonstrate just how far reaching these robots’ influence extends.
1. Daft Punk – Around The World
Appearing on their 1997 album Homework, this track has quickly become one of the duo’s most recognizable hits. It centers around a simple robotic hook “around the world” that repeats 144 times throughout the track’s four-minute duration. See a fan-made #PrayForParis tribute that uses the track here, and watch the Michel Gondry-directed music video above.
2015 | Deep House | Daft Punk – Around The World (Dashdot Bootleg) [Free Download]
Brazilian duo Dashdot opt to use a few of the repeated vocal phrases over their own steady rhythm. They bury the snippet throughout, and pitch bend or reverb it in certain places to align with the progression of the track as a whole. Grab your free copy of the bootleg on the pair’s SoundCloud here.
2012 | House | Daft Punk – Around The World (Amine Edge 2007 Edit)
G-House savant, and also a France native, Amine Edge orbits his reproduction around the main vocal hook but transforms the instrumentals to fit his own house design. It doesn’t carry the heavy bass synonymous with the g-house genre, but instead remains true to the bass guitar chords of the original, which might be equally as famous as the track’s vocal hook. For more from Amine Edge, and his music collaborator DANCE, head to their SoundCloud here.
2011 | Indie/Beats | Madeon – Pop Culture (Original Mix)
At the tender age of 17, a young Hugo Leclercq uploaded a video of himself performing a track on his Novation Launchpad that uses 39 samples, including famous snippets from Daft Punk’s Around The World, and Aerodynamic. The producer is none other than Madeon, and the viral track, now called Pop Culture, launched his career to make the young prodigy a leading name in dance music today. Daft Punk’s sample appears early in the track, and is nestled alongside other sample grabs from the Gorillaz, Nero, Coldplay, and many other pop icons. Hear more from Madeon here.
2. Daft Punk – Da Funk
Shared originally in 1995, then later included on their Homework album, Da Funk is one of the robot’s first tunes before signing with Virgin Records. They use the same iconic kick drum in Alive as they have on this one, and generated the bassline with a Roland TB-303.
2014 | Indie / Beats | uppermost – Dixit (Original Mix) [Free Download]
Another Paris-hailing producer uppermost goes well past any other in his tribute to Daft Punk to sample not just Da Funk, but four other DP tracks on this production as well. He twists the samples from all five tracks into imperceptible layers and broken beats, while simultaneously leaving no room for doubt that each was derived originally from Daft Punk. Dixit appears on his Polis album, but you can claim your free download from his SoundCloud here.
2012 | House | Daft Punk – Da Funk (Ghosts Of Venice Edit) [Free Download]
Ghosts Of Venice takes a strict house route with his rendition to layer the original’s instrumentals alongside an enticing four-on-the-floor beat. He chops up his samples to build his rhythm, though keeps the meandering top chord progression virtually untouched for a pleasing, danceable finish. You can download the edit for free here.
3. Daft Punk – One More Time
One More Time is the textbook definition of French house, and is so infectious that Rolling Stone included it in their 2010 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time, and Mixmag’s voter poll in 2013 dubbed it the greatest dance track of all time. We won’t argue with that!
2015 | Future house | Luca Lush – One More Time (Original Mix) [Free Download]
Known primarily for crafting trendy bootlegs and remixes, Luca Lush’s take on One More Time is a modern departure from Daft Punk’s French touch roots. He aligns both the vocal and instrumental samples with double-time hi-hats and a smattering of other trap effects. Countless broken beats and tempo changes give the interpretation a truly original feel that fits Luca Lush’s unique sound. Grab your free download here.
2013 | Progressive House | Daft Punk – One More Time (Myon & Shane 54 Summer Of Love Remix)
Trance and progressive house producers Myon & Shane 54 have re-appropriated the seminal work to fit their own style. They have kept the auto-tuned vocals as a focal point to their remix, but fill the track with sweeping rises, and more ambient effects. For more from Myon & Shane 54, head to their SoundCloud here.