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Awesome Daft Punk

Harder, Better, Saxer, Stronger

Harder, Better, Saxer, Stronger

The Daft Punk hit Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger owes its funktastic sound to Edwin Birdsong’s Cola Bottle Baby. Instead of using samples, Josh Plotner performed the groovy dance track on soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, and bass saxophones. A robot was still involved – in the form of a drum machine.

Daft Punk Talkbox on a Steel Guitar

Daft Punk Talkbox on a Steel Guitar

Daft Punk were masters at incorporating talkbox and Vocoder effects in their music. Nashville-based musician Russ Pahl shows off his skills with an excerpt of the robots’ track Within, performed on a pedal steel guitar, with his vocals processed through an analog talkbox. We also enjoyed Russ’ otherworldly tune Butt Call from Mars.

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Daft Punk’s “Face to Face” but with Newer Samples

Daft Punk’s “Face to Face” but with Newer Samples

The Daft Punk track Face to Face brilliantly chopped up samples from 20 songs from the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Music producer Nickster challenged himself to create a new version of the track using newer samples from songs by LCD Soundsystem, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead, MGMT, and others. We’re impressed with how he captured the spirit of the original.

Daft Punk’s Du Hast

Daft Punk’s Du Hast

Daft Punk made music that was decidedly more joyful and danceable than the industrial metal sounds of Rammstein. That didn’t stop Talkbox Gus from mashing up the two groups. His performance of Du Hast sounds like a bonus track from Random Access Memories. His Daft-ified version of KISS’ I Was Made for Love You perfectly suits the disco-rock track.

Daft Punk: The Writing of Fragments of Time

Daft Punk: The Writing of Fragments of Time

Daft Punk is re-releasing its final album, Random Access Memories to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The new edition includes 35 minutes of previously unreleased recordings, including this 8-minute segment that takes us inside the creative process of the song Fragments of Time with vocalist and co-producer Todd Edwards.

Songs You Didn’t Know Were Sampled (or Interpolated)

Songs You Didn’t Know Were Sampled (or Interpolated)

While it’s obvious that Daft Punk’s music relies on sampling, some other songs on David Bennett’s list are surprising music recyclers. Songs like Gotye’s Somebody I Used to Know and Coldplay’s Talk feature samples or re-recorded musical passages. We also suggest checking out Tracklib’s Sample Breakdowns series.

Daft Science: A Daft Punk x Beastie Boys Remix Album

Daft Science: A Daft Punk x Beastie Boys Remix Album

Two of our favorite bands are Daft Punk and Beastie Boys. So when Dangerous Minds turned us on to this 2014 remix album by producer Peter Chapman aka COINS, we had turn it up loud. The free-to-play album includes eight amazing remixes, kicking things off with a groovy combo of Alive and Intergalactic.

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Around the World on Tesla Coils

Around the World on Tesla Coils

During their 28 years together, Daft Punk used lots of synthesizers and electronic equipment to make their music. But as far as we recall, tesla coils were not in their arsenal. Thankfully, we have Franzoli Electronics, who used his high-voltage noise-makers to play an awesome cover version of Around the World.

If Daft Punk Played Radiohead

If Daft Punk Played Radiohead

Daft Punk and Radiohead are two of our all-time favorite musical acts. But what would it sound like if the robots decided to play Paranoid Android? Well, Jehan has the answer, and it’s pretty awesome. Between the fat synth beats and the wailing electric guitar, it reminds us more than a little bit of Muse.

Harder, Better, Faster, Funkier

Harder, Better, Faster, Funkier

Scary Pockets teamed up with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band for a supremely funky arrangement of the Daft Punk classic Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger, complete with one of the maddest talkbox solos ever. The track sounds so awesome with all of that brass instrumentation.

Fingerstyle Robot Rock

Fingerstyle Robot Rock

Musician Stefano Barone performs a unique cover version of Daft Punk’s Robot Rock, with the main rhythm being provided by his acoustic guitar. He rounds out the one-man show with a combination of looping, voice processing, and other effects. A studio version of the track is available on Apple Music.

Creative Music Sampling

Creative Music Sampling

Sampling has been a common practice in music production since the 1970s. In this video from musician and vlogger Roomie, he checks out some of the more creative reuses of old music in hit songs by Daft Punk, The Weeknd, Drake, Britney Spears and more. For more sampled sources, head down the rabbit hole at WhoSampled.

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Daft Punk Stylophone Tribute

Daft Punk Stylophone Tribute

Daft Punk may no longer make new music, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy the musical masterpieces they’ve left us with. Stylophone expert maromaro1337 pays homage to the robots with an electronic medley of 10 classic tracks, including Robot Rock, Digital Love, Technologic, and Aerodynamic.

Daft Punk: Epilogue

Daft Punk: Epilogue

Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, better known as Daft Punk have just hung up their helmets. They posted this largely musicless video clip which features the duo separating, and Bangalter self-destructing his robot body. 1993 to 2021 was a pretty great run, but damn, we’ll miss them.

Bardcore Daft Punk

Bardcore Daft Punk

The bardcore genre has had quite the surge of popularity, with multiple musicians taking their cut at medieval cover versions of popular tracks. This trio of tracks from Constantine Bard envisions what Daft Punk might have sounded like in the 16th Century, and includes Get Lucky, One More Time, and Around the World.

Game Boy Talkboxing

Game Boy Talkboxing

The Daft Punk track Lose Yourself to Dance has some great robotic vocals that were created with an electronic talkbox effect. StarvingGOGO was able to replicate the sound using a Nintendo Game Boy running LSDj to play the melodies, and a tubeless talkbox gadget called the ElectroSpit ESX-1 he’s wearing around his neck.

I Feel It Coming Fingerstyle

I Feel It Coming Fingerstyle

Guitarist Luca Stricagnoli takes on The Weeknd f/Daft Punk track I Feel It Coming. While we still love the buttery smooth vocals and electronic grooves of the original, Luca’s masterful plucking and strumming is equally pleasing to our ears.

Get Lucky: Beats Reversed

Get Lucky: Beats Reversed

We’re a-lucky to get up all night! Music editor Adam Emond likes to make remixes that sound like they came from an alternative dimension. He took Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, and Nile Rodgers’ 2013 hit Get Lucky and put all of the beats in reverse chronological order. The captions are good for a laugh too.

Pomplamoose: Instant Crush

Pomplamoose: Instant Crush

Occasionally we ask ourselves if we’ve posted too much from Pomplamoose, but then can you really have too much of a good thing? Crank up your headphones and enjoy a mid-day serenade from Nataly Dawn and company as they absolutely crush a cover of the Daft Punk and Julian Casablancas track Instant Crush.

Why Daft Punk Wears Helmets

Why Daft Punk Wears Helmets

Part of what makes Daft Punk so iconic is their appearance, with the musical duo donning shiny, high tech helmets for much of their career. Vinyl Rewind digs into the story behind the headgear to explain why Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo choose to conceal their faces in public.

Daft Punk Orchestra

Daft Punk Orchestra

The music of Daft Punk sounds great any way you slice it, but we’re really loving this medley arranged and performed by UK-based Kaleidoscope Orchestra. Among the symphonic covers are Robot Rock, Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger, Something About Us, Aerodynamic, One More Time, Doin’ it Right, and Around the World.

48 Musicians Play Daft Punk

48 Musicians Play Daft Punk

After assembling 28 trombones for an epic Bohemian Rhapsody, Musician Christopher Bill managed to get 48 musicians from the International Trombone Festival to participate in this richly-layered cover of Daft Punk’s Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger. This time, they tossed in a violin to complement the brass.

Daft Punk Heavy Metal

Daft Punk Heavy Metal

Musician 331Erock gives the Daft Punk track Digital Love a whole new sound, replacing its synth-heavy rhythms with fuzzy electric guitar. Be sure to stick around for the epic solo at 2:45, then check out Erock’s cover of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.

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