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"Face to Face" is the thirteenth track and fifth single from Daft Punk's second studio album, Discovery. It features vocals by Todd Edwards, who also co-produced.


"Face to Face" was co-produced, co-written and features a vocal performance by American house music producer Todd Edwards. Daft Punk considered Edwards to be one of the biggest influences on their work, and were delighted at the opportunity to collaborate with him. The duo initially wanted to work with him on Daft Punk's debut album Homework, but had difficulty convincing Edwards as the two were not as well known at the time.[1] When the three later recorded "Face to Face", the duo directed him to "sing a little raspier, like Foreigner".[2] Thomas Bangalter of the duo recalled: "Todd Edwards sings sometimes but not like that. I think we were all very excited and surprised by the way he could sing this song."[2] Recording took place in New York and New Jersey as well as in Paris.[3]

The duo expressed gratitude in working with Edwards, and stated that after they did so, "we [Daft Punk] are free to explore other areas. It will be interesting to see what we'll do next. Now we can work with other people."[1] Daft Punk would later reunite with Edwards for the song "Fragments of Time", from their 2013 album Random Access Memories. Edwards also noted that despite his success in the garage house scene, he is occasionally greeted with surprise and praise for being the singer in "Face to Face".[4]


"Face to Face" is composed in a common time of 4/4, with a tempo of 118 BPM in the key of G-sharp minor. The song features Edwards' signature "cut-up" production style of editing samples and creating spaces in between segments to create a rhythmic, "futuristic" effect.[5] In the context of the album, Bangalter noted that the preceding track "Short Circuit" represented the act of shutting down, "and [afterwards] you regain consciousness and you are more face to face with reality".[3]

Music video[]

Like all songs from the album Discovery, the music video for "Face to Face" is a scene from the film Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem, which features no dialogue, but rather songs from Discovery throughout the whole film.

Track listing[]

12" single[]

  1. "Face to Face" (original version) – 3:58
  2. "Face to Face" (Demon remix) – 6:58
  3. "Face to Face" (Cosmo Vitelli remix) – 4:53

Samples used[]

  • "Jisco Dazz" by Herbie Mann[6]
  • "Evil Woman" by Electric Light Orchestra[7]
  • "Old and Wise" by Alan Parsons Project[8] [9] [10]
  • "Silence and I" by Alan Parsons Project[11]
  • "House at Pooh Corner" by Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina[12]
  • "Be Free" by Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina[13]
  • "Twin's Theme" by Dan Fogelberg and Tim Weisberg[14]
  • "Can't Get It Out of My Head" by Electric Light Orchestra[15]
  • "Faith in the Families" by Poco[16] [17]
  • "All Along the Watchtower" by Dave Mason[18]
  • "South City Midnight Lady" by The Doobie Brothers[19]
  • "You Got Some Imagination" by Boz Scaggs[20]
  • "Body and Soul" by Firefall[21]
  • "Tell Me to My Face" by Dan Fogelberg and Tim Weisberg[22]
  • "Lahaina Luna" by Dan Fogelberg and Tim Weisberg[23]
  • "Sometimes a Love Goes Wrong" by Carrie Lucas[24]
  • "Everybody's Next One" by Steppenwolf[25]
  • "It Keeps You Runnin'" by The Doobie Brothers[6] [26]
  • "The Letter" by Deborah Washington[6] [26]
  • "Nothing Like Love" by Rockie Robbins[27]

Sampled in[]

  • "Been Thru This" by Ivana Santilli
  • "Give Me a Beat" by Girl Talk
  • "Believe" by The Chemical Brothers
  • "Scuză-mă" by Guess Who

And more


  1. 1.0 1.1 Gill, Chris (1 May 2001). "ROBOPOP – An Interview with Daft Punk". Remix. Archived from the original on 3 May 2008. https://web.archive.org/web/20080503064751/http://remixmag.com/mag/remix_robopop/. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dombal, Ryan (15 May 2013). Daft Punk: Cover Story Outtakes. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved on 15 May 2013.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Marti, Piers (3 December 2013). "Daft Punk: The Birth of the Robots". Vice. http://thump.vice.com/en_uk/words/daft-punk-birth-of-robots. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  4. Warren, Emma (May 2013). Todd Edwards – Red Bull Music Academy. Red Bull Music Academy. Retrieved on 18 May 2013.
  5. Lachman, Ed (8 April 2013). Daft Punk | Random Access Memories | The Collaborators, Episode 2: Todd Edwards. The Creators Project. YouTube. Retrieved on 8 April 2013.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySX9uy3HAmw
  7. https://youtu.be/GcbzcW2Huds
  8. https://youtu.be/j_4ysAG8pn0
  9. https://youtu.be/bNCvvXcEC_Y
  10. https://youtu.be/KJaSqfRcyN0
  11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTd9dEFUZP0
  12. http://reddit.com/r/futurefunk/comments/4bv0qe/face_to_face_by_daft_punk_sample_deconstruction/
  13. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMqO059r_nM
  14. https://www.reddit.com/r/DaftPunk/comments/dhhjgf/daft_punk_face_to_face_flute_sample_find/
  15. https://www.jefflynnesongs.com/cgioomh/#:~:text=Face%20To%20Face%20by%20Daft%20Punk%20(2001)
  16. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2Mk8tS1bg0
  17. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGIfcKvJbhY
  18. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smNSPvNklZU
  19. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-g-X8SfK0Z0
  20. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kf3a55GoGh0
  21. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-kF8y3V2mU
  22. https://www.whosampled.com/sample/717922/Daft-Punk-Face-to-Face-Dan-Fogelberg-Tim-Weisberg-Tell-Me-to-My-Face/
  23. https://www.whosampled.com/sample/717927/Daft-Punk-Face-to-Face-Dan-Fogelberg-Tim-Weisberg-Lahaina-Luna/
  24. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKCtYkTDUWg
  25. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Omli_PBOd_0
  26. 26.0 26.1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbRqK3BrxSM
  27. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Nb22ub6WaU
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