In 2011, Soma Records declared that they had found a long-lost cassette tape with the words ‘Daft Punk’ and ‘Drive’ written in biro on it. It turned out to be an unreleased Daft Punk track.
Soma Records’ Christ Lamb remembers the moment when he played the cassette for the first time fondly. “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 [Daft Punk’s] parents audio collection.”
The tape had originally been sent in by the robots with ‘Rollin’ and Scratchin’’ to be released as Soma25, but Soma instead asked the French duo to finish off a different demo, something called ‘Da Funk’, and ‘Drive’ would be released at a later date.
That later date turned out to be quite a bit later. Made in 1994 (pre Homework) ‘Drive’ finally got a release some 17 years after it was created as part of the ‘Soma Records – 20 Years’ compilation.
With the 20th anniversary of Daft Punk’s seminal debut album ‘Homework’ this week, the Scottish imprint has today teased the existence of a Slam remix of ‘Drive’ that Soma Records will be releasing soon.