Now that it’s July, I think it’s safe to say the for Song of the Summer are in.
We had several contenders this summer. Kanye West promoted his album Yeezus by fathering a Kardashian baby and declaring he didn’t give a sh*t about radio. Miley Cyrus seems light years away from Hannah Montana with the release of her song and music video for “We Can’t Stop”, which is just one million kinds of wrong. One Direction enjoys the peak of their boy- band career arc with hit “Best Song Ever” (which is NOT the Best Song Ever, that would be “Give Me Your Hand [Best Song Ever]” by the Ready Set).
But for me, the undisputed hit of the summer comes from Daft Punk. It is not a song but an album.
“Random Access Memories” marks French electronica duo Daft Punk’s fourth studio album. It pays homage to music from the late 70’s and early 80’s, and features talent from the era. Giorgio Moroder, who produced hits like Donna Summer’s “Love to Love You Baby” and Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away” and collaborated with artists like Blondie, David Bowie and Queen gets a nine minute tribute to himself in “Giorgio by Moroder”.
In “Give Life Back To Music” and “Get Lucky”, Daft Punk collaborate with Nile Rogers, whose band Chic penned the 1978 hit “Le Freak” (as in, Le Freak, so chic!). Songwriter Paul Williams, who worked with Three Dog Night and the Carpenters and won an Oscar for “The Rainbow Connection”, gets co- writing credits on two tracks. Panda Bear and Pharrell lend vocals. Daft Punk’s radio- ready hit “Get Lucky” features Pharrell, who’s been working more than Ryan Seacrest these days.
At the heart of it all lie Guy- Manuel de Homem- Christo and Thomas Bangalter, better known As Daft Punk. These guys gave us “One More Time” and “Stronger” while still maintaining a reputation for making awesome experimental electronic music. For “Random Access Memories”, they give the synthesizer a rest in favor of live drum beats and orchestral arrangements. But they still sing in that techno voice that makes them sound like robots. Awesome!
Random Access Memories is chill, crisp and refreshing. It’s the perfect summer album.
That said, my friends and I can’t stop singing “We Can’t Stop”. Even though Miley Cyrus completely disgusts me and I can’t blame her fiancée Liam Hemsworth if he dumps her in a vat of boiling garbage, her single hits the spot. It’s slow, catchy and infectious. I especially like the line “La De De La De/ Dancing with Miley” (and I think you’d have to have some serious hearing problems to confuse the word “Miley” with “Molly”).
This summer, it’s less about getting sweaty in the club and more about just taking things at your own leisure. Here are my picks for the top songs of the summer:
Random Access Memories, Daft Punk
“We Can’t Stop”, Miley Cyrus
“Bitch, don’t kill my vibe”, Kendrick Lamar
“Come & Get It”, Selena Gomez
“Clarity”, Zedd feat. Foxes