Track Review: Daft Punk – “Doin’ It Right” (Feat. Panda Bear)

[Daft Life / Columbia; 2013]

Spoiler: Daft Punk’s new album, Random Access Memories, is a colossus. It’s ambitious in the way few dance records dare to contemplate, and in exactly the way you’d expect from a pair that have twice changed the face of EDM. Amongst the meekest of RAM’s tracks is “Doin’ It Right,” a downbeat, elliptical piece that frames Panda Bear’s (a.k.a. Noah Lennox) swimmy vocals in a surprisingly intuitive fashion. It may be the most doleful piece Daft Punk have ever put their stamp on. “Everybody will be dancing,” the vocoder pledges, bittersweet like Daft Punk have never been before. Like most of RAM, “Doin’ It Right” is more about the groove than anything else, coming in a glorious full circle. It’s ideal for the after-party, like the comedown following the night of your life.

Stream “Doin’ It Right” along with the entire album on iTunes