Random Access Memories

One of the best album of the last couple of years is Daft Punk’s glorious Random Access Memories. Lush, dynamic, analog, modern retro are some of the terms used to describe this piece of funk.

I got the vinyl version on 180g and it sounds amazing, as good as anything in my collection.

The production and tones lean towards the early 80’s/late 70’s mellow funk sound, conjuring up Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan, New Wave, Bob James, and Quincy Jones all at once.

The Daft Punk boys have come along way since giving me headaches in the 90’s. Their shit was hot, yeah, but TOO HOT on the production.

I blame this band for really pushing the volume wars and I could never play old Daft Punk in my sets because of it’s recording style.

Check out the unmasked men in the mid 90’s and now:


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Someone or something got through to their ears though, and the new record sounds amazing.

This is how records should sound! It has a wide dynamic range, amazing lows, highs, long non-twitchy analog synths, amazing musicianship, all good.

Daft Punk have redeemed themselves, perhaps they can lead again and more modern artists will learn to appreciate the analog synths and analog humans playing instruments.

There’s a ton of good stuff on this record – every track brings something to the table – but here’s one to get you going, get you interested, in what Daft Punk is up to these days. It features Pharrell on vox, Niles Rogers on guitar, and builds up nicely into a smoking groove.

Here’s the short version of the song. The long version will have you bouncing around for hours.

BTW – In the 90’s I was fighting with Daft Punk fans all the time – they were telling me that they were the future of funk and guys standing with guitars and drums were the past. I see I see.

 

 

 

What Kind of Cool Will We Think Of Next

Best funk soul rhythm blues rock record out this year:

Landing On A Hundred
by Cody ChesnuTT

It was worth waiting 10 years for the follow-up to The Headphone Masterpiece. This one was definitely not made in Cody’s bedroom. Great material, great production, best album in years.

Get it in digital hi-res at HD Tracks or wherever you like to purchase music. This is independent greatness so no bootlegging this one jack.

Available Now – Ezraz’ Pomoc

/Toot my own horn
You may know if you read this blog that I do spend plenty of time making music, sometimes with others, sometimes by myself.

Pomoc is of the solo variety and has 20 tracks worth of Ezrazical experiences. Stylistically it ranges from neo-classical piano to electro dub reggae. It’s all ezraz some jaimeson a tiny bit of jesus and def all fluxadel.

Check it out in CD format (complete with artwork) or MP3 download and fan-up Ezraz on the Reverbnation profile.

Ezraz Elemento Jones’ Music Store

Ezraz on Reverbnation

Ezraz.org


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Check Out The Stares 20/20

Another studio mate of ours – The Stares 20/20 – keeps spreading around the net and climbing up the charts! Friendlikefavorite them up at various locales:

http://www.reverbnation.com/thestares2020

http://www.jango.com/music/The+Stares+20+20

http://www.thesixtyone.com/locro/

Keep an eye on The Flux-adel Recording Division for new releases!

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