Do you hear daft punk

Daft punk : The pacemaker

A party at Madonna's house. The pop queen has invited a number of celebrity guests, including singer and producer Pharrell Williams, as well as Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, better known as Daft Punk. The American joins his French colleagues. The pioneers of French house, who usually always wear helmets, tell him that they are currently working on new music. Williams, who as part of the Neptunes production team was responsible for some of the style-defining albums of the noughties, is a daft punk fan and would love to be a part of it. He says: “I would even play the tambourine for you.” A little later, Bangalter and de Homem-Christo actually invite him to Paris and instead of a tambourine give him a leading role: He is allowed to play two songs on their album “Random Access Memories”, which will be released on Friday “(Sony) sing.

Pharrell Williams tells the anecdote about the Madonna Party in a video that is part of a series called "The Collaborators". Gradually, Daft Punk have released eight such clips on their website over the past few weeks. In it, album opponents like Giorgio Moroder, Julian Casablancas or Chilly Gonzales report on their collaboration with the French, whose merits they appreciate in a pleasantly casual way. This premium promotion supplemented the otherwise notoriously reserved duo with further fanfare in various media and thus raised the already high-rise expectations of their first studio album in eight years.

The most convincing argument in this inflated campaign, however, was from the start the single "Get Lucky" released in April. It is perhaps the best pop song of the year so far and is rightly at the top of the charts in several European countries. Pharrell Williams sings about a nocturnal search for luck on this phenomenally catchy disco-funk number, and chic mastermind Nile Rodgers shakes one of his casual guitar licks off his wrist. If it weren't for the vocoder distorted vocals typical of Daft Punk in the middle, one could almost think that it was a forgotten song from the disco era - back in the late seventies, when Rodgers was successful with chic and hit albums produced for Sister Sledge and Diana Ross.

Retromania has now caught the robots too. The aesthetically inspired by Kraftwerk duo showed a sense of history at the beginning of their career 20 years ago when they began to combine house elements with synth pop, techno and rock. Nevertheless, the sound of the first two epoch-making daft punk records “Homework” (1997) and “Discovery” (2001) was visionary, a new mainstream compatible type of dance music. They worked excessively with filter effects, samples and loops to create a highly contemporary sound. But that's over for now. In their late 30s, the robots have become nostalgic. Also because they dislike the current electronic music. It has become monotonous and comfortable, said Thomas Bangalter recently in an interview with Rolling Stone. And he probably also means his compatriot David Guetta, who has contributed a lot to this development with his blunt bumbum aesthetic.

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