daft punk - discovery / by Zack Free

singlehandedly reviving house music on homework was just the beginning for daft punk. on 2001’s discovery, a moment of exponential growth for the french duo, they whipped up a stunning mélange of house, techno, funk, hip hop, and the glorious excesses of eighties rock. it expanded heavily upon the sample-based elements of their debut, forging a delicate mix of nostalgia and futurism that has since become the act’s trademark. it also functioned as a fitting homage to house’s origins, including collaborations with legends such as todd edwards (“face to face”), the late great romanthony (“one more time”), and dj sneak (“digital love”). discovery is a hyper-fluorescent gem in daft punk’s catalogue; they would move toward a much colder, more paranoid brand of electronic music on follow-up human after all, and ditch the synthetics almost entirely for random access memories. but the music here remains some of the duo’s best, a time-capsule that has informed an entire generation of electronic musicians, but has never been duplicated.