ESSENTIAL: TODD EDWARDS & DAFT PUNK

Grammy award winner and Daft Punk collaborator Todd Edwards has cemented himself as a true house music icon, as well as one of the unlikely godfathers of UK garage. Edwards is known for his uniquely developed sound – hypnotic, cut up samples over swung garage beats and lively disco flavoured baselines. 1996 garage house cracker ‘Saved My Life’ has been circuiting clubs all over the globe over the past 20 years, making his sound not just distinctive but timeless. More recently his 2012 hit ‘Love Inside’ showcased exactly what the Todd Edwards sound is all about - grooving bass lines, chopped up, harmonic vocals topped with smooth garage beats.

His four-to- the-floor beats have earned him remix and collaboration work with some of the worlds biggest acts, including Daft Punk, Phoenix, Justice, Hot Chip, St. Germain, Disclosure, Nile Rodgers and Pharell Williams – just a few names that have recognised his wizardry in the studio.

The New Jersey born talent is no stranger to successful alliances; his work with Daft Punk is pretty much the classification of an engaging combination. On the Parisian duo’s landmark album Discovery, Todd contributed production and vocals to the classic, funky house anthem ‘Face to Face’. The track reached No.1 on the Billboard club chart in 2004, making the track his contemporary hit, which in turn really highlighted his distinctive sound and presence to a wider audience. When speaking to T Magazine, Edwards emphasised, ‘Daft Punk is known on a global scale. Even if people don’t know who I am, I can always drop the Daft Punk thing. I don’t like to name-drop, but if you don’t know who I am, I can always say I’m best known for working with Daft Punk. Working with them is like having a good job on your résumé, or a good review.’

A mere twelve years later the helmet wearing pair returned to exclusively collaborate with Todd ‘The God’ Edwards once again. When Todd visited the studio during the writing process of Random Access Memories in California, the duo were seeking a ‘west coast vibe’ for the LP. At the studio, Edwards was asked to implement his signature ‘cut-up’ method production for a portion of “Fragments of Time”, which ultimately functioned as the chorus section. Edwards initially thought his production fragment would be used as an eight-bar break, rather than the main hook of the entire track. In a true Todd ‘The God’ way, the track goes way beyond the dance floor, and emphasises genius production techniques. Although perhaps conceptual, the track is still a joy to listen to.

At the 2014 Grammy awards, Random Access Memories won awards for ‘Best Dance/ Electronica Album’ as well as ‘Album of the Year’; Edward’s contribution to the album thus earned him his first Grammy award.

Todd Edwards will be returning to the UK on October 1 st where he will be performing at Tobacco Dock at alongside Annie Mac, Eats Everything, Kolsch, Basement Jaxx and more.



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