Listen: Nicolas Jaar’s Darkside remixes ‘Random Access Memories’
What happens when electronic wunderkind Nicolas Jaar and his Darkside partner Dave Harrington reimagine the most talked-about, divisive album of the year? The Darkside collaborators have revealed their version of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, and even doubters may now find themselves seduced.
Jaar’s perfectionist streak is well-documented, so you can be sure considerable work went into the remixes. We imagine he’d want you to hear these versions on a worthy sound system, too. Speaking to inthemix of his debut album Space Is Only Noise in 2011, he said: “For me, obviously it’s difficult having any distance from it, but people’s reactions tend to be more favourable when there’s a good sound system. I feel like sadly, and this is totally my fault, the album can be quite ‘lounge-y’ if it’s played in a coffee shop to help you drink more coffee. That’s kind of something I’m trying to go farther away from I guess. But if you listen to it with a good sound system, then it’s a tiny bit more favourable.”
Daft Punk is also planning to remix the RAM material, as they revealed to Pete Tong on BBC Radio 1. “We’re working on some mixes ourselves,” Bangalter answered. “So yes, there will probably be Daft Punk mixes of Daft Punk. Usually we never mix ourselves, that’s something we feel we’re interested in doing this time.” If a listing from French retailer Fnac is to be believed, the first RAM cut to get the Daft Punk remix treatment is Get Lucky. The single will be re-interpreted as a 10-minute jam and released on vinyl – and other formats, we presume – in July.