Thursday, 26 July 2018

Rewind: Stardust - Music Sounds Better with You

This club classic was released 20 years ago back in July 1998. Reaching number 2 in the UK singles chart, the song remains the only release of the trio who consisted of Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter, plus Alan Braxe and vocalist Benjamin Diamond. Bangalter was offered 3 million dollars to produce a full Stardust album, but the trio haven't produced anything else since. Diamond and Braxe resumed their ongoing solo careers, and Bangalter resumed work with Daft Punk. The track was recorded in Paris at Daft House, where Bangalter is based. The song was conceived in Rex Club, Paris, where the trio were playing a live set. Bangalter and Braxe created the instrumental, which Diamond instinctively sang the title words over. The next day they laid down the track in the studio, adding a sample from Chaka Khan's 'Fate'.

Late last month, the group’s members returned to the studio to work on a remastering of the track ahead of its 20th anniversary digital release, marking the first time it will be available on streaming platforms.