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Daft Punk's Discovery is a homage to a fascinating, troubled beast of an album that casts a huge shadow over the 21st Century. It's a global view of Discovery as a cultural phenomenon, placing the album at the centre of celebrity culture, fan clubs, video, the music business etc., while also examining its profound musical impact.
You can draw lines from Discovery to Glass Swords, Kanye West, EDM, Autotune, iTunes, Beyoncé, Guilty Pleasures, social media and more. Discovery's footprints can be found all over the modern world but it also looked back to Daft Punk's childhood, to Van Halen records, Japanese cartoons and even Johann Sebastian Bach.
Discovery was a record that confounded many fans when it was released in 2001, thanks to its blatant pop hooks and unlikely sonic bricolage. It was a record that was - and still is - widely misunderstood; Discovery's impact has only become clear with the passing of time, as Daft Punk have been proved right time and time again.
Ben Cardew is a music writer with some 25 years of experience behind him. He wrote his first review in 1991, setting him on a not entirely lucrative path that would lead, eventually, to freelancing for The Guardian, Pitchfork, The Quietus, NME, Wired, Vice and many other outlets.
He has interviewed everyone from Wiley to Quincy Jones and appeared on a bewildering range of TV and radio shows talking about the music industry. But the career highlight for this incorrigible Francophile was interviewing Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter in 2005, in what was a rare interview around the release of Daft Punk's Human After All album.
Ben has lived in Barcelona since 2011 and works for Radio Primavera Sound, the online radio station of the legendary Spanish festival, where he is head of programming, as well as the host of the Line Noise show.