French house trio Stardust’s one-and-only single ‘Music Sounds Better With You’, has been released on digital platforms for the first time, 21 years on from its initial release.
The legacy of one of the most instantly recognisable records in house music history and one that has changed face of dance music globally continues as, for the first time ever, is available today digitally on streaming platforms.
Preluding an era of domination by the helmet clad duo Daft Punk; originally released in 1998, ‘Music Sounds Better With You’ was the eye of a perfect techno-cultural storm and became an immediate touchstone for a new and uniquely French kind of dance music that foregrounds filtered disco samples and deeply swung garage rhythms.
Listen to ‘Music Sounds Better With You’ by Stardust on the Shoot Music New Releases playlist on Spotify.
Meeting by chance at a house party in the emerging electro scene in Paris in the mid-1990s, Alan Braxe and Thomas Bangalter – who would go on to form Daft Punk with Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo – formed a creative partnership that begins officially with ‘Vertigo’, Braxe’s first single, released via Bangalter’s Roulé imprint in 1997.
Teaming with vocalist Benjamin Diamond for their one and only release under the Stardust moniker, the feel-good house track has for the past two decades infiltrated every corner of dance music, the radio airwaves, clubs, industry and DJ’s of all genres with its infectious glittering of uplifting groove.
Part of it is its timelessness, the sense that it was always-already outside time, a throwback to another generation, and at once a musical imagining forward into a technotopian, post-human future, one in which the mortal body would become just another constituent agent in a sprawling global ecosystem of digitally networked assemblages.
Another part of it is its cool simplicity, its unapologetic stripping away of anything extraneous, with nothing to disrupt or distract us from its modus operandi: to feel good experiencing music together.