Homework, the debut legendary studio album by the French electronic music duo Daft Punk, was released 20 years ago, on 20 January 1997 by Virgin Records and Soma Quality Recordings.
Back on October 1994, 9 Lazy 9 released “Black Jesus” on Ninja Tune, taken from their excellent “Paradise Blown” LP, one of the finest chill-out / trip-hop albums of all time. Watch a video for the track with footage from a 1950s industrial automation.
On November 19, 1996, DJ Shadow released on Mo’ Wax his debut album and probably one of the best electronic music albums of all time, Endtroducing…. Below, you can watch the video for “Midnight In A Perfect World”, one of the highlights of the release.
“Today (March 2nd 2015) we celebrate 18 years since Daft Punk’s iconic Essential Mix from March 2nd, 1997. Here is a special mini-mix of Daft Punk’s mix, with a little story from Dance music legend and their manager at the time, Busy P. This mini-mix is taken from we celebrated reaching the landmark of 500 Essential Mix DJs back in 2010. Download here: bbc.in/1GHlUfo.”
Back on March 1999, Underworld released “Push Upstairs” taken from the band’s album Beaucoup Fish. In business, to “push upstairs” means to promote someone either unwillingly or with an ulterior motive.
R.I.P.: Artemios “Demis” Ventouris Roussos (Greek: Αρτέμιος “Ντέμης” Βεντούρης Ρούσσος, 15 June 1946 – 25 January 2015)
Aphrodite’s Child was a Greek progressive rock band formed in 1967, by Vangelis Papathanassiou (keyboards), Demis Roussos (bass guitar and vocals), Loukas Sideras (drums and vocals), and Anargyros “Silver” Koulouris (guitar). Their 1969 hit single “I Want to Live” was an arrangement of the song “Plaisir d’amour“.
Back in January 2005, American dance-punk act LCD Soundsystem released their debut same titled album on DFA Records, which featured their great single “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House”. The accompanying music video paid tongue-in-cheek homage to Spike Jonze‘s and Michel Gondry‘s music videos for Daft Punk’s “Da Funk” and “Around the World,” respectively.