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Empire Of The Sun’s Luke Steele Slams Daft Punk



After announcing their return to the music world in typical theatrical style several months back, the Australian duo Empire Of The Sun then revealed their first out put of 2013 with their single ‘Alive’ from the new album ‘Ice On The Dune’ which has been garnering acclaim since its full release on both hemispheres.

Continuing in the same vein of form that saw them go double platinum in their native Australia and gold in the US with their debut LP and rumored to be scoring American comedy sequel Dumb and Dumber 2 you think frontman Luke Steele would be a happy bunny. Well apparently not as the Aussie singer has blasted seminal electronic duo Daft Punk in a recent interview claiming their new album Random Access Memories has only sold more copies than the latest Empire of the Sun record Ice On The Dune because of a slick marketing campaign.

Speaking at Budapest’s Sziget Festival Luke spoke out on Daft Punk’s album stating that he didn’t feel it was a strong as his latest work by saying “I was aware that Daft Punk were getting more press coverage than our record, but I wasn’t too concerned. Ice On The Dune is filled with such great songs that it’ll hang around a lot longer than some of those other records that came out around the same time. They had a great marketing campaign, but we’ve got better songs.”

So which is the better record? Well we’ll leave that to you to decide as we’ve been enjoying both albums over the last few months but will say that we can’t see any record of this year becoming as instantly recognizable as the Punk’s uber-summer hit ‘Get Lucky’ in the future. 

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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