Over the past couple of years minimal electro wunderkind Nicolas Jaar has firmly established himself as a pivotal figure in the dance music world, both through his perfectly arranged recordings and his phenomenal and unexpectedly frenetic live shows. In 2011 he teamed up with his friend Dave Harrington to form Darkside, which offered a noisier, more rock-oriented direction. Recently he and Harrington teamed up again under the name Daftside to produce Random Access Memories Memories, a bracing reinterpretation of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories that’s not exactly a remix record and not exactly a cover record, but something much stranger. It’s almost as if they tried to imagine the place Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter were coming from for each track, but instead of aiming for shiny 70s smoothness they aimed somewhere much darker and more industrial. It’s a fascinating work, and deeply enjoyable in a much, much different way from Random Access Memories.
For a taste, hit the jump to see what Jaar and Harrington did to song of the year contender “Get Lucky.”