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Daft Punk Producer Todd Edwards Talks ‘West Coast Vibe’ Of ‘Random Access Memories’

"It's kind of ironic. Two androids are bring soul back to music."

As the May 21st release date for Daft Punk‘s fourth studio album, Random Access Memories, looms ever closer, the French dance music duo have issued the second in a series of “Collaborators” videos (the first highlighted disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder). The latest installation features an interview with house music hero Todd Edwards, who revealed that the new Daft Punk album has a “West Coast vibe” a la Fleetwood Mac, the Doobie Brothers and the Eagles.

This is not the first time Edwards has worked with the pair, co-writing and singing the song “Face to Face” from 2001’s Discovery, which he references in the video.

“It’s been very difficult to harbor this secret,” Edwards admits in regards to the top-secret recording sessions for Random Access Memories, “and I’m waiting for this album to intoxicate and infect everyone so I’m not making music in a sterile world anymore.”

The stalwart house music producer, who has a host of dance-floor hits to his credit (including his smash 1995 remix of St. Germain’s “Alabama Blues”) discusses the painstaking recording process, which found the band working with lots of live instrumentation.


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