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    Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

    Release date: May 17, 2013

    Was Daft Punk's fourth studio album what you expected it to be? We highly doubt it. While the first single, "Get Lucky" (which featured both Pharrell and Nile Rodgers), felt like the disco-tinged sound that we'd been hearing the androids had moved into, many weren't ready for the sprawling, '70s-era Califronia dream that we received. And that's OK. From their first album Homework to today, you can hear Daft Punk moving away from working more with "electronics" into a more "live" sound, for lack of a better term. Instead of building a huge album utilizing the EDM formulas of today, they took it back to their influences, bringing in seasoned session players and disco legends like Nile and Giorgio Moroder to help create a beautiful homage to the days where we didn't have iPods or MP3s, so that album you bought had to be thoroughly devoured because, well, you didn't have many other albums to sift through at the click of a mouse. To properly dig Random Access Memories, you might need to fly to Los Angeles, rent a car, and take a long drive somewhere. Preferably with that special someone. Open your mind, look at the stars, and let the album soak in. Then realize that Daft Punk in 2013 has nothing to do with "EDM," and everything to do with attempting to create a modern classic.—khal