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Daft Punk Producer Todd Edwards Talks ‘West Coast Vibe’ Of ‘Random Access Memories’

"It's kind of ironic. Two androids are bring soul back to music."
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As the May 21st release date for Daft Punk‘s fourth studio album, Random Access Memories, looms ever closer, the French dance music duo have issued the second in a series of “Collaborators” videos (the first highlighted disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder). The latest installation features an interview with house music hero Todd Edwards, who revealed that the new Daft Punk album has a “West Coast vibe” a la Fleetwood Mac, the Doobie Brothers and the Eagles.

This is not the first time Edwards has worked with the pair, co-writing and singing the song “Face to Face” from 2001′s Discovery, which he references in the video.

“It’s been very difficult to harbor this secret,” Edwards admits in regards to the top-secret recording sessions for Random Access Memories, “and I’m waiting for this album to intoxicate and infect everyone so I’m not making music in a sterile world anymore.”

The stalwart house music producer, who has a host of dance-floor hits to his credit (including his smash 1995 remix of St. Germain’s “Alabama Blues”) discusses the painstaking recording process, which found the band working with lots of live instrumentation.

“Thomas [Bangalter] was talking about how they wanted to pick up this West Coast vibe, and at first I didn’t really know what that meant,” Edwards said. “I’m from Jersey. I’ve gone to L.A. like twice in my life. But they were saying like going back to the time of like Fleetwood Mac, the Doobie Brothers, just picking up the West Coast vibe, the Eagles,” he continued in reference to Daft Punk’s approach to the new album.

Explaining how he moved his entire studio across country from New Jersey to L.A. to work on Random Access Memories, Edwards recounted how his time spent with the duo was “like a dream,” calling the experience “amazing.”

A brief snippet of the new collaboration plays in the background as Edwards talks about how Daft Punk “went back to a time that no one’s really focusing on, and even just the way they record music,” predicting that young producers will be “blow away’ by the final product.

“It’s kind of ironic,” Edwards concluded in the nearly eight-minute video during which he sings a few lines from the new song. “Two androids are bring soul back to music.”

Meanwhile, Edwards just released a remix from another French band today. Listen to his remix of Phoenix‘s “Entertainment” below.

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