There’s a nice documentary about the rise and rise of Daft Punk on BBC iPlayer until 20th March. I read some comments prior to watching, which suggested that the importance of the group had been overstated, but I’d have to disagree (for the most part). I don’t think Daft Punk have ever been revolutionary in terms of their musical output – I’d argue that they wear their influences on their sleeve – but rather it’s the quality of their production and song writing skills, plus their ability to market themselves, that makes them stand out from the crowd. Mind you, that’s not taking anything away from their music. I’m struggling to think of any better mid 90s house/techno, especially in album format. I’d argue that they haven’t even made any proper house or techno post Homework. Discovery has its moments but it’s pop music at heart. I was listening to that album today and it has an almost timeless sound to it. I still can’t find anything positive to say about Human After All, but the last effort, Random Access Memories, is decent – great songs and high quality production once again, with plenty of those little special moments throughout.