Discovery (Daft Punk album)

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Studio album by
Released12 March 2001 (2001-03-12)[1]
StudioDaft House (Paris)
Daft Punk chronology
Alive 1997
Singles from Discovery
  1. "One More Time"
    Released: 30 November 2000
  2. "Aerodynamic"
    Released: 28 March 2001
  3. "Digital Love"
    Released: 11 June 2001
  4. "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger"
    Released: 13 October 2001
  5. "Face to Face"
    Released: 10 October 2003
  6. "Something About Us"
    Released: 14 November 2003

Discovery is the second studio album by Daft Punk. Daft Punk is a French electronic music group. Virgin Records released the album on 12 March 2001. Discovery is different from the band's first album, Homework (1997). It is inspired by different types of music, such as disco and R&B. Daft Punk recorded the album between 1998 and 2000. The album uses many samples. Some of the samples are from older music. Other samples were made by Daft Punk.

Other music makers worked on Discovery, such as Romanthony, DJ Sneak, and Todd Edwards. Daft Punk made many music videos for the album. The group made a movie with Leiji Matsumoto named Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem. Interstella 5555 is an anime movie. It uses all of the music from Discovery.

Discovery was successful. Many music critics liked the album.[2][3] It was on the Billboard 200 and UK Albums Chart. Many songs from the album were sampled by other music makers.[4][5] Kanye West's song "Stronger" uses a sample from "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger". Daft Punk played "Stronger" at the 2008 Grammy Awards with West.[6] Many music magazines have said Discovery is one of the best electronic music albums ever made.[7][8][9]

Background[change | change source]

Daft Punk released their first album in 1997. It was named Homework. After it was released, the group played music at many concerts. The members of the group, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, made their own record labels.[10] They also made music videos for many of the songs on Homework. Bangalter said that many other electronic music makers were inspired by the music on Homework. Because of this, Daft Punk wanted to make different music.[11]

Recording[change | change source]

Daft Punk recorded Discovery in Bangalter's house in Paris, France.[12] They started working in 1998, and ended in 2000.[13] Bangalter and Homem-Christo made music together, but they also made music by themselves. This was similar to how they made Homework.[10] The group used drum machines and samplers to help make the album. They also used Auto-Tune for the singing on the album. Nilesh Patel mastered Discovery.[12] He was the person who mastered Homework.[14]

"One More Time" was one of the first songs that was made for the album. It was made in 1998. It was released as a single in 2000. Later, Daft Punk made the song "Too Long". The group said they "didn't want to do 14 more house tracks", so used many different types of music on the album.[15][16] DJ Sneak wrote the words for the song "Digital Love". Romanthony and Todd Edwards also helped with the album. Daft Punk wanted to work with them on Homework, but the group was not popular at the time.[10]

Track listing[change | change source]

All songs written and composed by Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "One More Time" (featuring Romanthony) 5:20
2. "Aerodynamic"   3:27
3. "Digital Love"   4:58
4. "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger"   3:45
5. "Crescendolls"   3:31
6. "Nightvision"   1:44
7. "Superheroes"   3:57
8. "High Life"   3:22
9. "Something About Us"   3:51
10. "Voyager"   3:47
11. "Veridis Quo"   5:44
12. "Short Circuit"   3:26
13. "Face to Face" (featuring Todd Edwards) 3:58
14. "Too Long" (featuring Romanthony) 10:00
Total length:

References[change | change source]

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  5. EDM com Staff. "Drake and 21 Savage Sample Daft Punk's "One More Time" In Controversial Track, "Circo Loco"". - The Latest Electronic Dance Music News, Reviews & Artists. Retrieved 2022-11-07.
  6. "Daft Punk Make Surprise Grammy Appearance with Kanye West". NME. Archived from the original on 2 April 2016. Retrieved 10 February 2008.
  7. Dolan, Jon; Matos, Michaelangelo (2 August 2012). "The 30 Greatest EDM Albums of All Time". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 5 August 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
  8. "The 10 best electronic albums of all time". British GQ. 2023-05-12. Retrieved 2023-05-13.
  9. "100 Best Albums of the Decade, 11-20". Rhapsody. 4 December 2009. Archived from the original on 15 December 2009. Retrieved 12 January 2010.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Gill, Chris (1 May 2001). "Robopop: Part Man, Part Machine, All Daft Punk". Remix. Archived from the original on 3 May 2008. Retrieved 28 January 2011.
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  12. 12.0 12.1 Discovery (liner notes). Daft Punk. Virgin Records, a division of Universal Music Group. 2001.
  13. "15 Things You Didn't Know About Daft Punk's Discovery". Ministry of Sound. 26 February 2017. Archived from the original on 6 October 2017. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  14. Homework (liner notes). Daft Punk. Virgin Records, a division of Universal Music Group. 42609. 1997.
  15. "Daft Punk Embark on a Voyage of Discovery". MTV. Archived from the original on 27 March 2006. Retrieved 22 February 2007.
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