Doin' It Right

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

"Doin' It Right"
Daft Punk - "Doin' it Right" (Promotional Single).jpg
Single by Daft Punk featuring Panda Bear
from the album Random Access Memories
Released 3 September 2013
Format
Recorded 2012
Genre Electro
Length 4:11
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Thomas Bangalter
  • Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo
Daft Punk singles chronology
"Lose Yourself to Dance"
(2013)
"Doin' It Right"
(2013)
"Instant Crush"
(2013)

"Lose Yourself to Dance"
(2013)
"Doin' It Right"
(2013)
"Instant Crush"
(2013)
Panda Bear singles chronology
"Surfer's Hymn"
(2011) Surfer's Hymn2011
"Doin' It Right"
(2013) Doin' It Right2013
"Boys Latin"
(2014) Boys Latin2014

"Doin' It Right" is a song written and performed by French electronic music duo Daft Punk and American musician Panda Bear of the band Animal Collective. It is a track on Daft Punk's fourth studio album Random Access Memories (2013), and was the last to be recorded for the album. The song was distributed to American alternative radio stations on 3 September 2013 as the third single from Random Access Memories. Prior to this, it appeared on record charts in France, the United States and the United Kingdom due to digital downloads of the album. "Doin' It Right" received a positive critical reception, with some reviewers opining it as the group's best work out of the entire LP.

Background[edit]

"Doin' It Right" features vocals by Animal Collective's Panda Bear.

"Doin' It Right" was the last song to be recorded for Random Access Memories.[1] Noah Lennox, better known by his stage name Panda Bear, had first heard of Daft Punk through the music video of the song "Around the World", which introduced him to many aspects of electronic dance music. He later asked the duo to remix an Animal Collective song, which they declined. A request to remix a solo Panda Bear track was also refused by Daft Punk as they no longer had interest in doing "that kind of thing". The duo however would keep Panda Bear in mind for a collaboration, and invited him to the Random Access Memories sessions in Paris a year and a half later.[2][3]

Lennox's contribution was recorded within a three-day window, which went against his usual approach of gestating an idea over a long period. He recalled that after the microphones in the studio were prepared and tested for his voice, he was instructed to simply "do something good". He initially tried several ideas, none of which resonated with the group in the studio. The idea that became "Doin' It Right" came about very late in the sessions on a whim, to which Daft Punk reacted positively.[2][3] Lennox remarked that his intention was to make neither a Panda Bear track nor a Daft Punk song, but to "hit a target that was perfectly in the middle of us. I definitely felt like I was out of my comfort zone, but that's ultimately what the whole song is about."[4]

Composition[edit]

Daft Punk referred to "Doin' It Right" as the only purely electronic piece on the album, with a modern style.[1] Unlike the rest of Random Access Memories, the instrumental accompaniment was achieved without session musicians and consists solely of a modular synthesizer performed by Daft Punk.[5] Jeremy Abbott of Mixmag noted that, "Light and airy synths are introduced half way through to make this a fantastic understated ballad."[6] The song is in the key of E♭m, and performs in common time at a tempo of 90 beats per minute. The vocals range exactly two octaves. The chord progression of A♭sus2—A♭m—G♭/B♭—C♭sus2—C♭—D♭—E♭sus2—E♭m—D♭—C♭sus—C♭ is followed throughout.[7]

"Doin' It Right" is a snare-and-vocoder-driven track[8] with vocals by Panda Bear, and a vocoder loop singing the lyric "Doing it right/everybody will be dancing/and we'll feeling it right/everybody will be dancing/and be doing it right/everybody will be dancing/and we'll feeling it right/everybody will be dancing tonight", which is a similar cloth of their previous song "Something About Us." The vocoder part stops when Panda Bear sings the lyric "If you lose your way tonight/ That's how you know the magic's right," which, according to Pitchfork Media, is "presumably for emphasis, and we know that magic is important to Daft Punk.'[7][9] Regarding the musical style, a Clash review noted that the song has "a bit of an Afrika Bambaataa-proto-electro vibe"[10] while Pitchfork called it "a terrifically uplifting bit of electro-pop."[11] Critics have also noted that the rhythmic structure resembles that of trap music.[12][13]

Critical reception[edit]

Pitchfork Media gave the song a very positive review and designated it "Best New Music." GQ's Zach Baron described "Doin' It Right" as effectively being a Panda Bear solo track that happened to be part of the album.[14] NME noted that, "There's a Trojan Robot for a few seconds, then he opens his belly and out pops Panda Bear to sack the ancient city."[15] Both Pitchfork and Paperblog considered the track the best out of the entire album, with Pitchfork calling the track the LP's "strongest statement of purpose, a moment where two artists with a focus on self-betterment align their chakras,"[9] and Paperblog calling it the "most highly-anticipated."[16] Spin called Panda Bear's lyrics in the song "as lysergic and endearing as ever."[17] Refinery29 wrote that, "for fans of Daft Punk, this is the kind of core track you're guaranteed to love; hardcore Panda Bear lovers might have a slightly harder time latching on,"[18] while Billboard said the song gave "a fascinating contrast, although, oddly enough, Panda Bear's earnest cries are more successful than the tiresome mechanics of the Daft Punk vocals."[19] The A.V. Club found the collaboration to be a "befitting and well-executed pairing."[8] In contrast to the positive critical response, PopMatters called it the only letdown of the album, as they felt it went away from the LP's concept "entirely both in style and in production (being the only fully electronic track) and feels like a guest production someone forcefully crammed into the tracklist."[20]

Track listing[edit]

Promotional CD single/digital download
  1. "Doin' It Right" – 4:14
  2. "Doin' It Right" (Nicolas Jaar & Dave Harrington remix) – 4:50
  3. "Doin' It Right" (K?d remix) – 3:47

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Random Access Memories liner notes.[5]

Chart positions[edit]

Weekly[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
France (SNEP)[21] 63
Italy (FIMI)[22] 110
South Korea International Songs (GAON)[23] 42
Ukraine Dance (FDR Music Charts)[24] 6
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[25] 193
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[26] 11
US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs (Billboard)[27] 17

Year-end[edit]

Chart (2013) Position
US Dance/Electronic Songs (Billboard)[28] 38

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United States 3 September 2013 Alternative radio[29] Columbia

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ghosn, Joseph, and Wicker, Olivier (16 August 2013). "Daft Punk Revient Avec Random Access Memories". Obsession (in French). Retrieved 17 August 2013. Exclu: Les morceaux de Random Access Memories commentés par Daft Punk. 
  2. ^ a b Lachman, Ed (24 April 2013). "Daft Punk | Random Access Memories | The Collaborators, Episode 5: Panda Bear". The Creators Project. YouTube. Retrieved 17 August 2013.  External link in |work= (help)
  3. ^ a b Cubarrubia, RJ (24 April 2013). "Panda Bear: Daft Punk Make Old Sound New" (YouTube video). Rolling Stone. RollingStone.com. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Dombal, Ryan (15 May 2013). "Daft Punk: Cover Story Outtakes". Pitchfork. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Random Access Memories (liner notes). Daft Punk. Columbia Records. 2013. 
  6. ^ Abbott, Jeremy (30 April 2013). "Jeremy Abbott: Random Access Memories Review". Mixmag. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Daft Punk "Doin' It Right" Sheet Music – Download and Print. musicnotes.com. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  8. ^ a b Mincher, Chris (21 May 2013). Daft Punk: Random Access Memories. The A.V. Club. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  9. ^ a b Fitzmaurice, Larry (15 May 2013). Daft Punk: "Doin' It Right" [ft. Panda Bear]. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  10. ^ Bennett, Matthew (30 April 2013). Track-By-Track: Daft Punk - Random Access Memories Clash. Retrieved on December 11, 2013.
  11. ^ Richardson, Mark (20 May 2013). Daft Punk Random Access Memories Pitchfork Media. Retrieved on December 11, 2013.
  12. ^ Ben Hebert, Daft Punk – Random Access Memories (Full Album Review). Retrieved on 18 August 2013.
  13. ^ Ryan Schreiber, Handwritten Notes from My First Listen to Daft Punk's Random Access Memories Archived 6 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved on 18 August 2013.
  14. ^ Baron, Zach (May 2013). "Daft Punk Is (Finally!) Playing at Our House". GQ. 83 (5): 76–82. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  15. ^ Horton, Matthew (30 April 2013). "First Listen – Daft Punk, Random Access Memories". NME. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  16. ^ Audiocred (22 May 2013). Daft Punk – “Doin’ It Right” Ft. Panda Bear. Paperblog. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  17. ^ Kamps, Garrett (17 May 2013). Daft Punk, 'Random Access Memories' (Columbia). Spin. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  18. ^ Nisita, Lexi (13 May 2013). (Update: Now With Full Album!) New Daft Punk Song — Featuring Panda Bear. Refinery29. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  19. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (13 May 2013). Daft Punk, 'Random Access Memories': Track-By-Track Review. Billboard.com. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  20. ^ Hiltunen, Lauri (20 May 2013). Daft Punk: Random Access Memories. PopMatters. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  21. ^ "Lescharts.com – Daft Punk feat. Panda Bear – Doin' It Right" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  22. ^ "Tutti i successi del 2013" (in Italian). Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  23. ^ "GAON DIGITAL CHART : 2013년 6월 1주차" (in Korean). gaonchart.co.kr. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  24. ^ Ukrainian Dance Chart Archived 7 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine. (in Ukrainian). FDR Music Charts. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  25. ^ Zywietz, Tobias. "Chart Log UK: New Entries Update (1.06.2013 – Week 21)". zobbel.de. Tobias Zywietz. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  26. ^ "Daft Punk Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  27. ^ "Daft Punk Chart History (Hot Dance/Electronic Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  28. ^ "Dance/Electronic Songs: 2013 Year-end". Billboard.com. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  29. ^ "Alternative > Future Releases". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on 25 August 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2013.