It’s no surprise that in lead up to the release of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories that Radio 1 would invite one of its many collaborators to take the deck for their own two hours of soulful house music. The lucky first nominee was Todd Edwards, and his very exciting Essential Mix premiered on the air last Friday. Todd Edwards is first and foremost a very legendary New Jersey garage and house DJ and sample-driven producer, but more recently he’s stepped into the limelight as one of Daft Punk’s collaborators both on Discovery for “Face to Face” and Random Access Memories’ “Fragments in Time.” He was inspired by Todd Terry, MK, and worked very closely with New York’s Nervous Records, remixing for St. Germain, Justice, Klaxons, and Dimitri from Paris.
After taking a look at the most highly anticipated collaborator on Random Access Memories, Giorgio Moroder, Daft Punk continues their video series with another musician. New Jersey native Todd Edwards begins his interview agreeing that he changed his life for his Daft Punk collaboration uprooting himself from New Jersey and heading out to California to develop a West Coast-Fleetwood Mac vibe. Reminiscing on time spent with the duo in California, Edwards goes on to talk about the production process with them. The garage producer refers to his sampling skills and his sound that’s been described as a “futuristic flow” before taking us in the studio with Thomas and Guy. Indulge in the second episode of “The Collaborators” ahead of the album’s May 21st release date.
South London songstress Jessie Ware is back again with another set of revamped remixes. This time she is out with a short compilation featuring reworks of her “No To Love” by the likes of Todd Edwards, George FitzGerald, and Ewan Pearson. The original track which appeared on her debut album Devotion is a quiet echoing tune with a vocal sample from Dave Okumu.
Each of the reworks add texture and precision making for fluid outputs better than the original. The first two cuts from UK-natives George FitzGerald and Ewan Pearson respectively, keep the vibes of the original. FitzGerald who typically produces tracks under his own imprint ManMakeMusic revives “No to Love” with relaxed chimes and teetering hihats. Pearson who has been producing records since the late ’90s adds fluttering house synths, making the first two plays melodic house reworks. While Todd Edwards, the only American on the roster, picks up the tempo and adds piano chords to form a slightly more dance-worthy production. Ware gave the No To Love Remixes EP away as a free stream via her Soundcloud, click below the break to listen.