Random Access Memories duo speak of surprise that their music is still good after 20 year career
Grace Carroll

12:42 7th May 2013

Daft Punk have admitted that they're always waiting for something new to come along to show that 'Daft Punk sucks'.

The French duo have been around for twenty years, and expected that the EDM scene would have come up with something good enough to make them irrelevant by now - but instead found the music derivative.

"It's always this thing where we're constantly waiting for something that will come in electronic music that says, 'Daft Punk sucks!'" says Thomas Bangalter, in an interview with GQ magazine. "That's actually much more interesting and exciting than someone who is paying homage."

He continued, "In Scream 2, they have this discussion about how sequels always suck. The thing we can ask ourselves at some point is like: We're making music for twenty years. How many bands and acts do you have that are still making good music after twenty years? It always sucks - almost always, you know?"

Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo added, "So our new album is supposed to really suck."


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Bangalter also said that he respects Skrillex for trying to do something different, explaining, "Here's someone that is trying to create something new and to not follow something. There's an attempt, you know?"

However, De Homem-Christo said that he hasn't heard enough of Skrillex's music to make a judgement - although he did say that Solange's 'Losing You' was "good."

Daft Punk - Random Access Memories: what the critics say

  • Kate Hutchinson, Drowned in Sound - "Random Access Memories is a lavish celebration of a time when dance music was human and had a proper beating heart, told through the eyes of two robots who have redefined computer music."

  • James Montgomery, MTV - "Rather than attempt to dig through the present, they're rediscovering the past. It is not a reinvention so much as it is a revolution; their attempt to liberate themselves from dance music entirely."

  • Nick Decosemo, Mixmag - "My heart sank a little when I heard another vocoded vocal pop up here. Really? Already? Are we that short of ideas? But I soon realised I am a dickhead. What else was I expecting from Daft Punk? And this happens to be the best vocoder vocal I have ever heard." (Re: 'The Game Of Love')

  • Robert Copsey, DigitalSpy - "Rather than simply hammering listeners with an older-is-better schtick, Daft Punk offer up moments in between the funky soul that are both mind-boggling and utterly bonkers."

  • Matthew Bennett, Clash - "No prologue. No warm up. No teaser soliloquy. Straight into the disco! Daft Punk set their stall out early and down the front is Nile Rodgers." (Re: 'Give Life Back To Music')

  • Tom Lea, FACT - "Julian Casablancas playing Tom Petty through a vocoder and Panda Bear voicing a retro drum machine jam are delights, while Todd Edwards' vocal performance is like that great scene in Love Actually where Hugh Grant's driver starts belting out carols."

  • Matthew Horton, NME - "...everything goes ape with seven minutes of techno odyssey that moves from squirty synth to lounge bar electric piano to circling strings to clattering breakbeats to jacking hip-hop before the bass bounces down comically to nothing" (Re: 'Georgio By Moroder')

  • Paul Smith, The Quietus - "We're moving further away from a former incarnation of Daft Punk, as the collaborators on Random Access Memories drive and define the album's sound. Sure, it's an improvement on the latest Strokes record, but as for the future of electronic music, this isn't it."

  • Seb Law, Planet Notion - "To be honest, trying to summarise what the record is all about is pretty nigh-on impossible; there is (in case my references are unclear) a HELLUVALOT going on. Did I like it? I've no idea. I definitely want to hear it again, and there's not many records that pass my desk that I think that about."

  • Emma Swann, This Is Fake DIY - "'Random Access Memories' is, for all the DJ-on-camera dancing hype, an album in the proper sense of the word; these aren't thirteen dancefloor ready bangers, it's a grandiose statement of intent. A scientific deconstruction of disco, perhaps, with all the workings out left to see."

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