Lionel Hahn, ABACA/Empics/PA
Soma celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and has been rummaging through the vaults to put together a compilation to mark the occasion and look back at such successes as putting out early releases by the French house duo.
In doing so, the label has found an unreleased Daft Punk track to open its three-disc 'Soma Records -- 20 Years' set. Label staff found 'Drive' on a tape at the end of 2010, when they "combed through boxes of DATs, pictures and God knows what else," Chris Lamb, Soma's head of marketing and promotions, explained in a statement.
"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," he remebers. "In amongst the hiss and crackle, a monstrous 909 kick drum began to thud.
"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."
'Drive' was sent along with another tune, 'Rollin' and Scratchin,' though Soma asked Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo to complete 'Da Funk' instead. 'Soma Records -- 20 Years' is released Sept. 19.