Okay, here we go. An “early” version of Daft Punk‘s “Contact”–the very last track on their much-hyped new Random Access Memories album, which features DJ Falcon–has leaked to you, the internets, via a youtube rip off the very last track played in a DJ set put down by Falcon, Thomas Bangalter (1/2 of DP) and French house pioneer Cassius at Paradiso in Amsterdam back in 2002. As with the rough, leaked version of the Pharrell collabo “Get Lucky” there has been intense online speculation, debate and even hateful robot-bashing over whether this is fake (you have to be a little crazy to post any track which the youtube uploader has labeled “Fake?”) or–if it is real–whether it sounds anything like the official album version.
The DP obsessives over at FACT mag, however, have stepped into the breach to clear the matter up (somewhat) and confirm that–having heard the forthcoming album at a listening session–the 2002 version being road-tested in this DJ set sounds–and here I will quote directly–“pretty damn similar.” The general consensus is that the backbone of the song–a sample from the Australian rock band The Sherbs 80s throwback “We Ride Tonight“–remains the same. So there you have it–stream the track below and scroll down for the full Paradiso set (which kicks off with Prince‘s “Dearly Beloved” preacher monologue from “Let’s Go Crazy”–and has been described as “the best DJ set ever”).
shouts to FACT