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Call it neu-disco, nü-disco, French house, French touch, filter house, or even tekfunk. All of these terms refer to European-style dance-music that features disco loops and relies heavily on filter and phaser sound effects. It's usually high-energy and futuristic.
1. DAFT PUNK
The classic neu-disco group is Daft Punk. French duo Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter became Daft Punk in 1994 and were hugely influential in the French house movement. Their beats are always tight and hard-hitting, their shows are glam and full of lights. Not only did Daft Punk capture the pulse of '90s techno, but influenced most contemporary house.
Following the loss of everyone’s favorite drugged up, antic driven British crooner (after writing that I realize that such a category is a bit wider than it should be, so I meant Amy Winehouse) Coachella has added a number of new faces to its bill. Devendra Banhart, the Orb, Chemical Bros., Murder City Devils and Etienne de Crecy join the cast of the mega music festival alongside DJs Flying Lotus, Public Enemy producers the Bomb Squad, Kode 9 and Daedulus.
The tenth annual Coachella festival will be held from April 17th to the 19th at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. Still headlining are Paul McCartney, the Cure and, a personal favorite, the Killers. Other marquee artists include My Bloody Valentine, Morrissey, Leonard Cohen and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and more than 100 other acts. While Winehouse will not make it, her presence will most certainly be embodied by the concert’s alcohol, drug and music induced euphoria.