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David Guetta: “Play Hard” (featuring Ne-Yo and Akon) and “Titanium” (featuring Sia)

The David Guetta video above — which I saw while eating breakfast in Salamanca, Spain, a few days ago — has a great beat and a lot of terrifically strange images. I had only vaguely heard of Guetta. Here is the start of AllMusic’s profile of the French DJ:

France’s David Guetta belongs to the sparkling wave of DJs who combine Daft Punk’s sleek house music with a pinch of electroclash’s punch. Guetta had been DJ’ing around France playing popular tunes, but his brain was particularly rewired in 1987 when he heard a Farley Jackmaster Funk track on French radio. He taped the track, brought a copy to a gig, and promptly cleared the floor with it during one of his own sets. Things loosened up a year later when acid house came to France and Guetta successfully promoted his own club nights. It was during one of those nights in 1992 that he met Robert Owens, a Chicago-based house legend who was touring across Europe at the time. Guetta played Owens some of his own tracks, and Owens picked one he liked enough to sing over. The result was “Up and Away,” a minor hit that lurked in garage DJ crates for the next four years.

Above is “Play Hard” (featuring Ne-Yo and Akon) and below is “Titanium” (featuring Sia).

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