Monday, August 24, 2009

34. Daft Punk "One More Time" (2000)

Two signature features set "One More Time" apart from typical house music, and elevate it to the realm of Totally Awesome Space Disco:
  1. The hyper-compressed horn line that provides the main hook. The compression dulls the horns' "brightness," but leaves their energy unaffected. It really is a neat trick.
  2. Romanthony's evocative vocal, which is auto-tuned to the point of sounding robotic (a la Cher in "Believe"). Imagine a really funky, sexy robot.
Yet despite all the techno-tweaking and artifice, "One More Time" bursts with soul. If you have to dance to something while plumbing the depths of outer space, this is your song.

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