Legendary Scottish techno imprint Soma Records are about to celebrate their 20th anniversary with the release of a CD box set. Included in the set will be an early recording by Daft Punk, who put out their earliest singles on the imprint. Label head Chris Lamb had this to say about the tune, titled “Drive unreleased 1994.”
“At the tail end of 2010 we combed through boxes of DATs, pictures and god knows what else to find artefacts of Soma’s early days. Imagine our surprise when we discovered a tape simply titled ‘Daft Drive’. We hooked up the DAT machine and inserted the tape with the utmost care, pressing play and praying that for one, the tape contained what we hoped, and two, that it didn’t savage it like a dog chewing on a bone. In amongst the hiss and crackle, a monstrous 909 kick drum began to thud – Daft Punk’s Drive track had been rediscovered. Playing through was live Daft Punk: the freaky vocals, pounding Roland drums & synths and that distinctive DP compression. After standing in awed silence, witnessing this moment, the track faded off and we heard the sounds of French words that the recording had been made over; the remnants of their parents audio collection. The tape had originally been sent with Rollin’ and Scratchin’ to be released as Soma25 but Soma asked these two bright-eyed and techno-bound Frenchmen, to finish and send Da Funk instead and DRIVE was shelved for a later date. Until now.”
The label isn’t letting the tune out early, but you can check out some other exclusive remixes of Soma classics from the set, including tunes by H-Foundation, Silicone Soul and label founders Slam.