Premiere: Nightdrive – Feel My Acid Mind

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As the world reflects on the unexpected breakup of Daft Punk, let’s not forget about the fresh crop of underground producers around the world who are pushing electronic music forward.

While many of them won’t get lucky enough to achieve the same mainstream success, there’s plenty of innovators creating magic in the shadows who shouldn’t be overlooked.

Rising Saint Petersburg, Russia’s Nightdrive is one such discovery.

Beginning his production career in the realm of techno back in 2015, he’s since gravitated toward house music and is bringing harder, better, faster, stronger, vibes to the genre.

Ahead of the release of the No Sleep EP on February 26 via Dubiks, we’re pleased to world premiere Nightdrive’s “Feel My Acid Mind,” a squiggly, squelchy sample-based track with pitched-down vocals, clackety drums and aerodynamic 303s.

Hit the download below and enjoy.

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Video Premiere: Phaedru & Mandy feat. Kettra – Fugazi

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Last month London-based artist Phaedru and Athenian techno producer Mandy released “Fugazi” featuring Kettra. Recorded and mixed by Endproductions Exarcheia AthensPhaedru’s flow immediately calls to mind Mike Skinner’s seminal work as The Streets. His chatty MC style is the perfect compliment to Mandy’s swinging uptempo soundscape.

Today we’re thrilled to world premiere the music video for “Fugazi” directed by Alex Stabasopoulos.

With the challenges presented by COVID-19, artists have to be creative. In this instance, the video Stabasopoulos put together is a raw multi-camera feed of “shots depicting a masked figure – an allegory of the title character of the song.”

Hit the play button below and enjoy.

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Read the First U.S. Interview Daft Punk Did For ‘Discovery’ in 2001

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In lieu of the unexpected announcement of Daft Punk’s breakup after 28 years of producing, remixing, DJing and trailblazing, I dug into the vault to share my interview with the group published in the April 2001 issue of Mixer.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Daft Punk twice as well as having them grace the cover of Big Shot during our print days.

Looking back on the interview, it’s heartening to see how they maintained such high standards for their work over subsequent releases and projects. Read on to learn the success of their first album, why it took so long to record their second LP and how they became robots. Continue Reading

Daft Punk Says Au Revoir: French Electronic Music Legends Announce Split

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Famed French electronic music duo Daft Punk has packed it in after 28 years. A moment of silence, please.

The duo — Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo — made the announcement today via “Epilogue,” an eight-minute video posted on Youtube. The video is excerpted from their 2006 film, Electroma. The reason for the breakup is not yet known.

Over the past 28 years, Daft Punk rewrote the rules on what an electronic music band could do. With their helmets and space suits, they crafted wildly innovative electronic music across four acclaimed full-length albums: Homework (1997), Discovery (2001), Human After All (2005) and Random Access Memories (2013). The pair also scored the soundtrack to 2010’s Tron: Legacy.

Bangalter and de Homem-Christo collaborated with a host of artists, including Nile Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder, Romanthony and Todd Edwards.

Daft Punk co-produced Kanye West‘s sixth studio album, Yeezus (2013). In 2016, Daft Punk gained their first number one on the Billboard Hot 100 with the song “Starboy,” a collaboration with The Weeknd.

In 2003, they released the feature-length animated film, Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

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