It's been eight years since Daft Punk's last album, seven since its last brain-melting performance at Coachella, and less than a week since the band's advertisement for the forthcoming "Random Access Memories" sent Indio-goers into a collective swoon. So after all that anticipation, the real star of its return single is...Nile Rodgers of Chic?
That's no knock on the song. The disco maven Rodgers offers up some seriously tasty funk licks on "Get Lucky," the retro-futurist track and first full cut from the album to emerge in the wild (and as of now, iTunes). But it does suggest the degree to which Daft Punk is curating as much as crafting "Random Access Memories."
The now public list of Daft Punk's album collaborators -- Rodgers, Pharrell Williams (who sings on the track), house producer Todd Edwards, Animal Collective's Panda Bear, "Rainbow Connection" songwriter Paul Williams and a whole flock of '70s and '80s session ninjas -- is formidable, and was perhaps cause for some fears of musical outsourcing. But "Get Lucky," which sort of debuted in pieces in a few well-placed TV and Web advertisements, shows just how deftly the French duo put all those pieces together.
Remarkably, it still sounds entirely like Daft Punk, even though the duo give the prime cuts of this tune to others. Rodgers is famous for his steamy guitar sound, a clean Fender played high on the neck with exacting syncopation. That tone is the heart of "Get Lucky," and it's kind of a fulfillment of the circle of life in dance music. Chic is the kind of group whose music Daft Punk might have sampled in the late '90s, and now that they're global megastars, why not hire the man himself?
Vocally, Pharrell Williams gives one of his more restrained performances, and his high falsetto timbre falls right in line with past Daft Punk vocalists and melody-men like Romanthony and Edwards. The lyrics are a goofy incantation of how Pharrell is taking to outer space to get laid, which is an excellent summary of Daft Punk's mission with this tune - lusty feelings with a license to time-travel.
But the more interesting thing is what the song's collaborative alchemy says about how Daft Punk works. Early interviews suggest that for the band, "Random Access Memories" was all about live instrumentation and re-creating the big-budget glory days of the disco, funk and rock studio heyday. Now that everything on pop radio and clubland sounds like their early '00s work, that's a perfectly contrarian move that few other acts could even attempt today (recording budget reasons above all).
But in a way, Daft Punk here is thinking more like classic house DJs than it ever has. It's taking the distinct sounds of others and positioning them to set a mood and emotion all their own.
Following the revealing interviews with fellow Daft Punk collaborators Todd Edwards and Giorgio Moroder, Rodgers gives a warm look back on his life with Chic and also what it was like to work with Daft Punk on their forthcoming Random Access Memories. Claiming that the finished album gave him the same feeling as hearing Donna Summer’s ‘Love to Love You Baby’ for the first time, Rodgers also gives us a sneak peak into the album by playing a riff live.
Admittedly it’s not much, but at this point we’ll take what we can get since it doesn’t look like we’ll be able to get to Australia for the release party.
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Daft Punk fans got their latest taste of Random Access Memories on Monday (April 15) thanks to an interview with producer Pharrell Williams, who is among the laundry list of artists who worked on the album.
The collabo list includes legendary names like Nile Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder, DJ Falcon and Julian Casablancas, and in the interview, Williams explains his role on the track "Get Lucky." Skateboard P originally met with the robots during a Madonna party, where he said he would do just about anything to get on the album, adding, "If you just want me to play a tambourine, I'll do it."
Eventually, they met up in Paris, and Pharrell told the robots he was in a "Nile Rodgers" sort of mood with his music. He was surprised to learn that the electronic duo had already recorded a Rodgers track on Memories, and thus "Get Lucky" began to gain steam. According to Pharrell, "It's crazy, because, you know, [we're] on two sides of the Atlantic, [and] we're in the same place." It was in these sessions in Paris that Williams laid down the vocals for the song.
Williams also gives some insight as to how much he enjoyed working with the duo and how pleased he is with the end result. "You don't need MDMA for this music, because it's so incredibly vivid," he said of the prevalent party drug. He added that the electronic duo can be so groundbreaking that "they are not bound by time and space."
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The interview is the fourth installment of Intel and Vice's "The Creator's Project," a Web series that profiles artists who worked on the album with the robotic duo. The first three episodes of "Creator's" centered on Moroder, Todd Edwards and Rodgers. The general tone of each episode is the new concepts and outside-the-box thinking that was employed during the production of Memories.
If this track and the Pharrell's enthusiasm is any indication, Daft Punk fans will certainly be in for a treat when the album is finally released.
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The track is the second collaboration with the NERD frontman and disco legend Nile Rogers, and follows 'Get Lucky' perfectly with its seventies guitar licks, provided by the Chic star. The 15-second snippet features a tiny extract of Pharrell's vocals and was once again premiered during Us TV show Saturday Night Live.
Daft Punk were one of the most talked about moments at this weekend's Coachella Festival - despite not performing at the US festival. The band premiered a 1.42minute video at the event and confirmed the full list of collaborators on their upcoming album, Random Access Memories. Appearing on the new album are: Panda Bear, Julian Casablancas, Todd Edwards, DJ Falcon, Chilly Gonzales, Giorgio Moroder, Paul Williams and Pharrell Williams.
Daft Punk have also confirmed the tracklisting for the new album, which is released in the UK on 20 May 2013. Check it out below.
1. 'Give Life Back to Music' (featuring Nile Rodgers)
2. 'The Game of Love'
3. 'Giorgio by Moroder' (featuring Giorgio Moroder)
4. 'Within' (featuring Chilly Gonzales)
5. 'Instant Crush' (featuring Julian Casablancas)
6. 'Lose Yourself to Dance' (featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers)
7. 'Touch' (featuring Paul Williams)
8. 'Get Lucky' (featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers)
11. 'Fragments of Time' (featuring Todd Edwards)
12. 'Doin’ It Right' (featuring Panda Bear)
13. 'Contact' (featuring DJ Falcon)
Attendees of this year's Coachella music festival over the weekend got a sneak peek at Daft Punk's new music video for "Get Lucky," the first single from the group's upcoming studio album Random Access Memories.
The infectiously funky song features rapper Pharrell Williams on vocals — and, as you can see in the video, there's no shortage of glamour and sequins.
SEE ALSO: The Ultimate 2013 Summer Playlist, According to Reddit The teaser trailer was shown on the big screen during the festival, then once again during last night's episode of Saturday Night Live.
Random Access Memories, due to be released on May 21, will be the French electronic duo's fourth studio album. The Verge reports that nine additional artists will make appearances on the album, including The Strokes' Julian Casablancas and Animal Collective's Panda Bear.
Coachella is an annual music festival in Indio, Calif. This year's performers included the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Modest Mouse, among others.
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The 'Get Lucky' trailer features Pharrell and Nile Rodgers and was aired before Yeah Yeah Yeahs came onstage.
It features the French robots on drums and bass with Pharrell on vocal duties and Rodgers on guitar. It's an expansion of the snippet of music used on the band's website since the start of the campaign promoting their new 'Random Access Memories' album and is the longest amount of audio they've given away so far.
Pharrell looks to be on fine vocal form, providing a super smooth performance ending in the refrain "we're up all night to get lucky" – it's so infectious that it's likely to be the hook that soundtracks the summer.
The video also confirms the list of collaborators that was leaked last week and comes days after it was revealed that the band would premiere the album in the tiny Australian town of Wee Waa.See article at mixmag.com
Famed disco guitarist Nile Rodgers talks about working on Daft Punk's upcoming album Random Access Memories (out May 21st) in the latest installment of the Creators Project series.
"Ninety percent if not higher of all recordings that I've ever made in my life have been the result of a very impromptu initial meeting that feels so natural and so organic that you have to take it to the next level," Rodgers says. Having worked with everyone from David Bowie to Madonna to Duran Duran, Rodgers describes meeting Daft Punk for the first time in a similarly casual setting, and finally getting to hit the studio with the duo in New York after several missed connections.
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The fact that they worked at Electric Ladyland was particularly exciting for Rodgers, who grew up around Jimi Hendrix's legendary downtown studio, jammed in the space when it was still a nightclub and even recorded his first Chic single there. While they worked, Rodgers said he felt the mark of a great collaboration in which both artists challenge and bring out the best in each other – "They make you up your game, even if your game is pretty good."
Rodgers also discusses and plays a few of his most famous guitar riffs (including, at the end, a tasty one that'll appear on Random Access Memories), while he also touches on his jazz-fusion-inspired style of disco guitar and the first time he heard fellow Daft Punk collaborator Giorgio Moroder's indelible production on Donna Summers' "Love to Love You Baby." "The magic of that groove and the way it just wrapped my body," Rodgers says, "is the way I feel when I listen to that record."
Despite a bit of a generation gap, Rodgers sees Daft Punk as his contemporaries working in a style of music he knows rather well. "I feel like I'm working with people who grew up with me and feel it the same way we felt the vibe when we were creating this stuff. It's like they went back to go forward."