Daft Funk: Daft Punk Rediscovered

Daft Punk

Daft Punk has been around the electronic music scene for well over a decade, but they exploded with 2001’s Discovery. (The link is to the last.fm page where you can listen to the whole album for free, which I highly recommend you do if you have been living under a rock and have not heard it). Daft Punk is the collaboration of two French DJs, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo.

Here’s the thing: they are DJs.

I will clarify. This is no way means that their work should be regarded any differently. I love many mashup artists and DJs, and I think that once they get a hold of a song they can completely reinvent it into an entirely new creative work. And that’s what it should be treated as; creative work. I like Daft Punk but I am currently burnt out on them due to massive oversampling by other DJs. Which is also another weird thing; DJs sampling DJs who have sampled obscure ’70s funk and disco. What a crazy world we live in.


I just want to educate the people. Everybody has heard Harder Better Faster Stronger. But, did you know that it heavily samples Edwin Birdsong’s, “Cola Bottle Baby?” Probably not, because not many people (including me) have not heard of Edwin Birdsong.

This post is just to let you kids know that this stuff existed before Daft Punk came and put their own spin on it. Daft Punk took funk and added robots. Cola Bottle Baby may have been made decades ago but it sounds fresh to me and I’m glad that Daft Punk gave it new life. That goes for all the songs that they sample. Now, I’m no funk expert but allow me to educate you a little bit. There are plenty of these funk songs floating around the interwebs but here is a collection of many of them. This is by no means exhaustive, but it gives you an idea of the vast funk knowledge Daft Punk must possess to do what they do. Respect.

Here’s an insightful little blurb to go with the album (I didn’t write this):

“Listening to Discovered also makes you realize that Daft Punk are an even better production team than you might have realized. Better listeners, anyway: Sure, they swiped huge, obviously recognizable chunks of Little Anthony & the Imperials’ “Can You Imagine” and Edwin Birdsong’s “Cola Bottle Baby” for “Crescendolls” and “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger,” respectively, but they also bolstered, tweaked, and manipulated them to sing in ways that the originals simply don’t. That’s the secret of sampling: transforming what you started with until you make it your own. It’s hard to believe most of the tracks on Discovered would be well remembered, even by rare-disco fiends, if Daft Punk hadn’t done just that.”

Discovered: A Collection Of Daft Funk Samples

01. 04:55 Breakwater – Release The Beast (Robot Rock)
02. 03:09 George Duke – I Love You More (Digital Love)
03. 05:13 Edwin Bridsong – Cola Bottle Baby (Harder, Better, Stronger, Faster)
04. 08:10 Cerrone – Supernature (Verdis Quo)
05. 02:57 Tata Vega – Get It Up For Love (Da Funk)
06. 08:38 Karen Young – Hot Shot (Indo Silver Club)
07. 05:32 Chaka Khan – Fate (Music Sounds Better With You – by Stardust)
08. 03:54 Sister Sledge – Il Macquillage Lady (Aerodynamic)
09. 05:40 Oliver Cheatham – Get Down Saturday Night (Voyager)
10. 05:08 Eddie Johns – I Put A Spell On You (One More Time)
11. 03:08 Little Anthony & The Imperials – Can You Imagine (Crescendolls)
12. 03:23 Jerry Goldsmith – The Rec Room (Around The World)

Download that bad boy!

Again, if the link doesn’t work right then let me know. This is not an mp3 blog so I don’t usually mess with Mediafire.


~ by masterodisaster on March 15, 2009.

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