New Daft Punk mixtape reveals love for Drake, Phil Collins and more
A couple of weeks back Thomas Bangalter, one half of robo-duo Daft Punk, put together a funk-flavoured 20-track playlist on streaming service Spotify. Bangalter revealed a few of the influences that get the duo’s creative juices flowing, from disco classics like Diana Ross’s I’m Coming Out, Chic’s Good Times and Sister Sledge to jangly indie from The Strokes and Future Music Festival act Phoenix, as well as Giorgio Moroder, MGMT, James Blake, Animal Collective and others.
Not to be outdone, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo has now put together his own 18-track playlist, revealing an interesting inclination towards dancehall and hip hop alongside classic material from Stevie Nicks, the Ramones, Phil Collins and The Rolling Stones. Kicking off with Ivory Coast reggae star Alpha Bondy’s anti-police anthem Brigadier Sabari, de Homem-Christo moves onto electro-funk from Cameo and a set of hip hop braggadocio from Drake, E-40, Juicy J and Raekwon, some trap from TNGHT, classic 80s vibes from Stevie Nicks and The Rolling Stones, before calming things down with Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti and Major Lazer’s Get Free.
Meanwhile, the Parisian duo finally dropped the video for Lose Youself to Dance last week, featuring the robots in their shiny silver jackets throwing down on stage for an adoring Soul Train crowd with Pharrell working the mic and Nile Rodgers sporting the biggest grin you’ll see in front of a green screen. And the Music Network has reported that Random Access Memories was responsible for the first upward swing in record sales for France in over a decade, prompting a 6.1% upswing in the country’s record sales in the first half of the year.