This year’s Grammy Nominations have just wrapped up and dance music has once again established itself as a real presence in the constantly evolving music landscape. Daft Punk and Pharrell landed a nomination in the Best Pop/Duo Group Performance category for “Get Lucky,” rubbing elbows with Pink, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke. The robotic duo are also in the running for the coveted Album of the Year, with Random Access Memories up against Sara Bareilles, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Taylor Swift. Daft Punk are also in the running for Record of the Year with “Get Lucky,” putting the duo in a position to sweep three separate categories.
Electronic music also broke into the Best New Artist category with James Blake representing the genre against Kendrick Lamar, Kacey Musgraves, Ed Sheeran and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. But the real stand out nomination this year lies with Duke Dumont, whose hit “Need U 100%” earns a place in the Best Dance Recording category alongside “Sweet Nothing,” “Atmosphere,” “This Is What It Feels Like” and “Clarity.”
In the Best Dance/Electronica Album category, UK’s star duo Disclosure stands with Calvin Harris, Kaskade, Pretty Lights and dance icons Daft Punk but Producer of the Year credits fall on the shoulders of the robot’s collaborator, Pharrell, who represents only a sliver of electronic influence in the category. We’re shocked to see that Avicii’s TRUE isn’t included here but competition was extremely steep this year.
Up for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical are Alesso, Sultan & Ned Shepard, Photek and Cedric Gervais as well as Andy Caldwell – who has earned two Grammy nominations in the past but whose remix you might not recognize; Listen to it here.
Last year’s dance music Grammy nominations called the entire nomination process into question when Al Walser manipulated his way into the awards alongside Avicii, Skrillex, Calvin Harris and Swedish House Mafia. Thankfully, the Grammys list of nominations this year — with Duke Dumont and Pretty Lights earning well-deserved recognition — are a clear step in the right direction for not only dance music, but the Grammys themselves.
Daft Punk‘s “Instant Crush” serves as the latest single of album Random Access Memories, complete with a video release during the early hours of this morning. Set in a location mirroring that of The Museum of Natural History in New York City, the robots prove mannequins have feelings too through a tragic love story that will literally melt your heart. The Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas serves as a vocal point for the video, lending his vocoded vocals to the symbolic tale. Daft Punk recently took the prize for Rolling Stone‘s #1 Song of 2013 for “Get Lucky” and are favorites to take away a number of nominations for this year’s Grammy awards announced today.
Rolling Stone let loose its first end of the year ranking with the ‘50 Best Albums of 2013,’ and Daft Punk took a top-three spot with Disclosure and Avicii also making the cut. For the ’100 Best Songs of 2013,’ the robots make way to the top honor as the collaborative single with Pharrell and Nile Rodgers, “Get Lucky,” is named Rolling Stone’s number one song of the year. Daft Punk presence doesn’t end there; Random Access Memories‘ “Instant Crush” falls to number 58 and productions for Kanye West “Black Skinhead” and “I Am A God” coming in at 3 and 65, respectively.
Disclosure’s high-ranking Settle receives another accolade with “When A Fire Starts To Burn” ranked as the fifth best song of 2013 and lead single ”White Noise” hitting the 63 hole. Also honored on Rolling Stone‘s annual list, James Blake’s “Retrograde” takes the top 10 at number 8, Avicii’s smash “Wake Me Up” reaches a 26 slot, and Major Lazer’s “Bubble Butt” charts at 76.
With 2014 only weeks away, Rolling Stone visits this concluding year in music with the ranking of the 50 Best Albums of 2013. It’s been a strong year for electronic music, in terms of albums, as the genre as spawned more full-length records, while also raising the bar on quality, than in previous years.
Perhaps the most hyped release in all of music this year, Daft Punk‘s Random Access Memories is the standout electronic album on the list, ranking third only behind Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City and Kanye West’s Yeezus (which has the duo credited twice in the top three due to their production on a bulk of the record.)
Next in line is another not-so-surprising list occupation. Disclosure‘s Settle ranks high amongst the year’s top offerings at number 13, coming ahead of top 20 commercial successes such as Drake’s Nothing Was The Same. A-Trak’s Fool’s Gold imprint also gets a nod, with rapper Danny Brown slotting in at 17.
Deeper in the shuffle, Avicii finds his debut album, True, toward the bank end ranking at 45. The positioning of his indisputable top-50 selection gives Avicii his fair shake, beating out albums from Franz Ferdinand and M.I.A.
Today is Thanksgiving. It’s a time to give thanks for good health, good friends, good family, and, of course, good music. We thought we’d take the time to pay tribute to our favorite parts of dance music culture on this day of thanks, not only for the guys who slave over turntables while we get to party, but for the dance music scene in general and its constantly expanding fanbase. This one’s for the electronic acts that put their heart and soul into it, the clubs that go all out every night of the week, and the people who live and breathe dance music. It’s the least we can do.
Will Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy is becoming as viral this fall as Thomas and Guy’s robots had been all year. With the sequel to Anchorman imminent and Random Access Memories still looming, Burgundy took the robots on a tour of Amsterdam while in town for the EMAs. While Ferrell is responsible for his in-character jokes, the silence of Daft Punk plays into the skit’s humor — much like the dynamic that was imagined for the Stephen Colbert appearance that never happened.
The Wall Street Journal Magazine hosts the annual Innovator of the Year Awards that honors members of society with outstanding contributions to culture, whether it be designers, architects, artists, or technological visionaries. This November, WSJ debuted their Innovator Issue cover with none other than Victoria’s Secret supermodel Gisele Bundchen and robot legends, Daft Punk.
Surprising combination? Sure, but no shock at all that the mysterious masked duo graces the cover to represent innovators of music for 2013. Remembering back to early May, it’s easy to acknowledge the sheer frenzy and buzz that surrounded the upcoming album that would break Daft Punk’s eight year silence. The duo pulled out all the stops for Random Access Memories; the fourth studio record brought a new sense of direction for the duo and their genre, equipped with a choir and full-sized orchestra and collaborations with soul funk frontman of Chic, Nile Rogers, Italian producer Giorgio Moroder and rapper Pharrell Williams. The first single off the album, “Get Lucky,” struck gold and quickly became the summer anthem for both dance music fans and radio top 40. It’s been a big year – for both Daft Punk as they slowly step out of their shadow of silence, and for dance music as it breaks out of the underground and into popular culture.
The hype surrounding Daft Punk‘s new album release this past spring was unmeasurable, but the price was still the standard iTunes album pricing. As rumored, and now confirmed, the duo will be releasing a deluxe edition of Random Access Memories in the form of an engaging box set. More of a collectors item, the set is priced at $275 and comes appealing to Daft Punk faithfuls who’ve earned for material behind the mystery that is the robot tagteam. Columbia Records presents this deluxe box set with some very intriguing details which include; take a look inside…
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To follow up on Thomas Bangalter’s Spotify playlist picks, Guy has retaliated with a list of his own favorite songs ranging from Drake to Stevie Nicks to Major Lazer. It’s certainly unique to be able to peek inside what dance music’s role models are listening to behind closed doors, especially when it’s as eclectic as this selection. Take a journey through decades of classic music and don’t forget to subscribe. Follow Dancing Astronaut’s official Spotify account here to keep up with Editor’s selections.
Before Random Access Memories went from a near mythical fragment of imaginations to a top-selling album flying off shelves across the world, Daft Punk attested — in one of the few opportunities they took to speak out — that there would be no music videos from their long awaited album and that its marketing would replicate the process of music during an earlier era. Well, when the robots made their appearance at MTV’s VMAs teasing “Lose Yourself To Dance” before presenting an award, the idea of a visual-less RAM seemed gone.
Now following that teaser with the full-length video, “Lose Yourself To Dance” has Thomas, Guy and collaborators Pharrell and Nile Rodgers suited in YSL performing their groovy hit in front of a small crowd. Shot with a vintage appeal, Daft Punk’s first music video in years comes with integrity to the album’s well preserved theme of eras past.