I know. We’re probably 2 weeks late on Daft Punk posts, given that they’re already done with their way to short north America tour, but we had to bring it back for the kids that just got on the bandwagon.
Imagine it’s 1995 and Daft Punk hasn’t even released Homework yet. The boys + Laurent Brancowitz had a release as Darlin’ on a compilation that came out on Duophonic and the duo had 2 releases on Soma Quality, but their signature filtered funk had not yet exploded. So Thomas Bangalter started his own label to release his dirty disco tracks (Guy-Man wouldn’t get around to starting his til ’97 so more on that later). That label was called Roule and while each release was huge the amazing thing is that in the almost 10 years that they released tracks they put out only 10 record, but they’re ALL quality and innovative!
Thomas Bangalter – On Da Rocks
The best track from the EP that started it all in 1995. A funked out, slowed down, disco floor stomper, like only this man can create.
Roy Davis Jr. – Rock Shock
This was Roule 4. It came out in 1998. It’s probably my favorite disco house track of all time. I used to listen to this mix that Roy did when I was driving to raves.
Romanthony – Hold On
This one didn’t make it onto the Romanthoy post, just cause he had so many more recognizable jams, but WOW. The vocal on this is just some seriously uplifting Jersey garage music. I guess it originally came out in 1994 on Roman’s own Black Male Records, but I didn’t get it til it dropped as Roule 7 in 1999. Bruno actually just brought it back when he dropped it at the last Utopia at Boston Rocks last month. Hands in the air for real!