Live albums by EDM artists don’t make a great deal of sense, but this release really works.
Originally released as a fan-club only download in 2001, the album presents an uninterrupted (except when you flip the record over, obviously) 45-minute set from the Daftendirekt tour in support of their Homework debut, complete with whoops and cheers from the attendant punters.
Recorded, bizarrely, in Birmingham of all places, the tour dates throw up a couple of surprises for what became a globally successful duo. The tour started in Manchester, at the Academy – a venue I know like the back of my hand – and took in such glorious locations as Hanley, Leeds and Nottingham. It’s difficult to imagine Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo in any of these places, where presumably they frequented pubs and kebab shops to fuel them on their tour.
In fact, I probably prefer this album to Homework itself, which I have always felt a bit dry and a bit too Detroit. In fact, this set is so good, my 4-year old just said “Daddy, this music is making my bottom dance!”
Hit: Da Funk
Hidden Gem: Daftendirekt