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Album: Daft Punk, Tron: Legacy OST, Walt Disney/EMI

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Album: Deadmau5, 4x4=12 (Mau5trap/Virgin)

Daft Punk may be dipping their toes in more exalted waters, but the appetite for stompy synth-based dance riffs played by men in face-concealing helmets shows no sign of diminishing, if the forthcoming Earls Court headline gig by Joel Thomas Zimmerman, aka Deadmau5, is anything to go by.

Album: Daft Punk, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to Tron: Legacy (Virgin)

The opening "Overture" sets out their stall, its French horn sunrise swelling to a vaunting full orchestral climax.

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Album: 1973, Bye Bye Cellphone (Blonde)

French trio 1973 hail from the same Versailles suburbs that spawned Daft Punk and Air, and share the latter's melodic sweetness, albeit with a firmer grasp of pop classicism.

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