Catch up on the month’s best songs, albums, and moments with new music by Vampire Weekend, Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Laura Mvula, and more.
Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
"Give Life Back to Music"
Daft Punk's long-awaited fourth album, Random Access Memories, is both the most commercially successful and most polarizing record of their career, with the French duo trading the straight-up dance music of their classic LPs Homework and Discovery in favor of an organic, luxuriously produced set of songs that call back to the '70s. It's not too surprising that Daft Punk would team up with Chic's Nile Rodgers to produce old-school disco gems like "Get Lucky" and "Give Life Back to Music," but the tracks that could pass as Steely Dan or Pink Floyd outtakes are quite a surprise, and a huge creative risk for an act who could've just pleased everyone by making a bunch of EDM bangers on a laptop. —Matthew Perpetua
The Pastels, Slow Summits