"Drive"

If Daft Punk are the Beatles of dance music, then this lost 1994 nugget – from a new compilation celebrating Scottish label Soma's 20th birthday – is their Cavern Club: all adrenaline, sweat and raw aggression. (Their Pete Best? A vintage Roland 909 drum machine, duh.) Don't expect any glitter-caked disco samples, though. Three years before their breakthrough LP, Homework (and way before the robot costumes and psychedelic pyramids), Daft Punk specialized in twisted, brutal jams made for big sound systems and dark rooms. Rave on.

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From The Archives Issue 1141: October 13, 2011