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Confirmed details about Daft Punk’s forthcoming fourth album are few and far between, although producer/Chic co-founder Nile Rodgers recently hinted that it would be out in the coming months. Singer/songwriter/ASCAP president Paul Williams, veteran bassist Nathan East, Feist collaborator Chilly Gonzales and legendary disco producer Giorgio Moroder (via a spoken monologue) are among others who have reportedly collaborated with the duo over the past couple of years, although whether and what form their contributions to the album might take is unclear.

Also, they've signed with Columbia.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 27 January 2013 16:12 (four years ago) Permalink

well they've been disappointing me* for 12 years now, so i'm not holding out much hope, but hey, they could still surprise me.

*i never did get to see the live spectacle that gave us alive so grain of salt.

let's go do some crimes (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Sunday, 27 January 2013 16:46 (four years ago) Permalink

Why wait?

This is playing Minneapolis soon

http://www.daftpunkd.com/?m=1

matt (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 27 January 2013 17:00 (four years ago) Permalink

they've said "expect big news in the coming months" for like 18 months now

frogbs, Sunday, 27 January 2013 17:10 (four years ago) Permalink

Paul Williams?!

henry s, Sunday, 27 January 2013 18:30 (four years ago) Permalink

Williams said, "I have written songs for Daft Punk. This material will appear on their new album, coming maybe June."
http://www.clashmusic.com/news/daft-punk-working-with-paul-williams

blows my mind this. the guy that wrote Ordinary Dream working with the guys that wrote Digital Love.

piscesx, Sunday, 27 January 2013 18:58 (four years ago) Permalink

didn't DJ Sneak write "Digital Love"?

The Reverend, Sunday, 27 January 2013 20:27 (four years ago) Permalink

perhaps it's indicative of their proper place in the music world today but I can't help but see "Dad Punk" in this thread's title

乒乓, Sunday, 27 January 2013 20:33 (four years ago) Permalink

dads r cool too

Butt Trump tweet (Matt P), Sunday, 27 January 2013 20:39 (four years ago) Permalink

My favorite Paul Williams jam:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_wFEB4Oxlo

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Sunday, 27 January 2013 20:43 (four years ago) Permalink

Your mama
Soon will be having another son.
Your mama
Promises something to everyone

cloacachella (how's life), Sunday, 27 January 2013 20:57 (four years ago) Permalink

I am really really excited about the Paul Williams thing - even if they just vocoder "Rainbow Connection".

Spencer Chow, Wednesday, 30 January 2013 03:54 (four years ago) Permalink

With people like Paul Williams and Gonzales involved I keep expecting this album to end up sounding like this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=Q6dQakD9qOA

MarkoP, Wednesday, 30 January 2013 04:42 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

http://i.imgur.com/88oZMBA.jpg

new image on their homepage. the hype cycle begins

☕ (diamonddave85), Thursday, 28 February 2013 16:11 (four years ago) Permalink

oh yeah

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Thursday, 28 February 2013 16:38 (four years ago) Permalink

Unless they end up messing up big time, I expect this album to be huge. Though, that could be wishful thinking on my behalf.

MarkoP, Thursday, 28 February 2013 16:41 (four years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I'm not sure about it, tbh.

MikoMcha, Thursday, 28 February 2013 16:43 (four years ago) Permalink

Oh it'll be huge but then is turning out to be a bit of a year for ridiculous blockbuster comebacks. Not sure it'll be any good. Does anyone listen to Human After All regularly any more?

Matt DC, Thursday, 28 February 2013 16:45 (four years ago) Permalink

it'll definitely be a huge event but I can't imagine it being any good!

frogbs, Thursday, 28 February 2013 16:46 (four years ago) Permalink

lol not sure why i continued with that post

frogbs, Thursday, 28 February 2013 16:47 (four years ago) Permalink

anyway I don't listen to any DP outside of Alive 2007 any more. their full length albums always really bummed me out. Discovery is pretty good I guess.

frogbs, Thursday, 28 February 2013 16:47 (four years ago) Permalink

I think I'm the only one on earth but I like their TRON ost !

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 28 February 2013 16:50 (four years ago) Permalink

The people they're working with suggest an avenue for it that could yield something good, like a kind of back to roots disco/pop record (apart from Panda Bear but that's a v old rumour.)

Tioc Norris (LocalGarda), Thursday, 28 February 2013 16:52 (four years ago) Permalink

scared by the collabs rumors (esp Panda bear) but I am ready to believe

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Thursday, 28 February 2013 16:56 (four years ago) Permalink

i'd like to see an ian brown or a richard ashcroft involved. or perhaps a really old school rap figure, you know, from before rap became about bitches and hos.

Tioc Norris (LocalGarda), Thursday, 28 February 2013 16:59 (four years ago) Permalink

MC Miker G?

MarkoP, Thursday, 28 February 2013 17:00 (four years ago) Permalink

No Hope Sandoval no credibility.

Matt DC, Thursday, 28 February 2013 17:23 (four years ago) Permalink

...or Beth Orton?

MikoMcha, Thursday, 28 February 2013 17:28 (four years ago) Permalink

When electronic musicians release albums with several big-name guest stars, the results tend to be pretty meh, right? Psyence Fiction, Fat of the Land, Saturnz Return, etc... Seems this stuff is always less than the sum of its parts, or has someone actually managed to pull it off with great results?

Tuomas, Friday, 1 March 2013 09:52 (four years ago) Permalink

That said, I would by a Daft Punk/MC Miker G collab single in an eyeblink.

Tuomas, Friday, 1 March 2013 09:53 (four years ago) Permalink

Another collab I would love to hear is between Thomas Bangalter and his dad, it's weird that this hasn't already happened? Daniel Bangalter/Vangarde has written and produced many awesome disco tunes that are better than any Daft Punk track.

Tuomas, Friday, 1 March 2013 09:57 (four years ago) Permalink

That may well be true but I just have a reflex cringe at the idea of any musician collaborating with their dad.

Matt DC, Friday, 1 March 2013 09:58 (four years ago) Permalink

But there are many examples of this producing great records! Frank & Nancy Sinatra, Serge & Charlotte Gainsbourg, The Staple Singers, etc...

Tuomas, Friday, 1 March 2013 10:00 (four years ago) Permalink

would his dad wear a helmet ?

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 1 March 2013 12:35 (four years ago) Permalink

I think I'm the only one on earth but I like their TRON ost !

B.A. "Bad Attitude" Santamaria (King Boy Pato), Friday, 1 March 2013 12:37 (four years ago) Permalink

I hope this is isn't the Daft Punk album Gotham wants,

but the Daft Punk album Gotham needs.

(quietly repping for Contino Sessions as a good album w'guest vocalists)

my opinionation (Hamildan), Friday, 1 March 2013 12:37 (four years ago) Permalink

^ good one

( ͡° ͜ʖ͡°) (sic), Friday, 1 March 2013 12:42 (four years ago) Permalink

the new DJ Koze is the collab-heavy dance album it's ok to like

Number None, Friday, 1 March 2013 13:02 (four years ago) Permalink

((has it leaked))

???

Crackle Box, Friday, 1 March 2013 15:17 (four years ago) Permalink

the koze...

Crackle Box, Friday, 1 March 2013 15:17 (four years ago) Permalink

yup

Number None, Friday, 1 March 2013 15:29 (four years ago) Permalink

When electronic musicians release albums with several big-name guest stars, the results tend to be pretty meh, right? Psyence Fiction, Fat of the Land, Saturnz Return, etc... Seems this stuff is always less than the sum of its parts, or has someone actually managed to pull it off with great results?

Basement Jaxx's Kish Kash?

MarkoP, Friday, 1 March 2013 15:38 (four years ago) Permalink

Ha, excellent point. I'm not sure Daft are close enough to their prime to give us a Kish Kash at this point, but we'll see.

kendrick delmar - good kid, f.U.C.k. you (The Reverend), Friday, 1 March 2013 19:53 (four years ago) Permalink

sounds exactly how i'd expect a Daft Punk/Nile Rodgers collaboration to sound
http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lxakggLCkn1ql1xs6o1_500.gif

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Sunday, 3 March 2013 09:14 (four years ago) Permalink

"let the games begin"

MikoMcha, Sunday, 3 March 2013 09:58 (four years ago) Permalink

Sounds promising to me, once they stay towards disco/pop and away from blurping techno then I trust them.

Tioc Norris (LocalGarda), Sunday, 3 March 2013 10:43 (four years ago) Permalink

goddamn that sounds like nile fucking rogers to me.

Gunoka Cuntles (Matt P), Sunday, 3 March 2013 10:49 (four years ago) Permalink

I guess hating Pharrell's vocals could ruin 'Lose Yourself to Dance' and 'Get Lucky', which seem most similar though

you can buy your hair if it won't grow (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 2 March 2015 19:44 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qbt-kw2EkfU

AlXTC from Paris, Wednesday, 29 April 2015 10:39 (two years ago) Permalink

i really wish that whole documentary were available with english subtitles

example (crüt), Wednesday, 29 April 2015 14:52 (two years ago) Permalink

the documentary is pretty cool, yeah.
from a french perspective, it was quite fun (and wtf) to have all these interviews and comments from big stars and then... sheila !
I didn't even know he had made an album for her...
I also didn't know he was behind inxs' "original sin".

AlXTC from Paris, Wednesday, 29 April 2015 15:32 (two years ago) Permalink

I should have put this on the Nile thread instead of the Daft thread, I guess..

AlXTC from Paris, Wednesday, 29 April 2015 15:33 (two years ago) Permalink

Am I missing something? All I saw was a sub 1-min video of a Daft Punk robot typing at a console while "Why?" played in the background.

The Reverend, Wednesday, 29 April 2015 16:03 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah the "video" is nothing. it's part of a French Nile Rodgers documentary.

example (crüt), Wednesday, 29 April 2015 16:14 (two years ago) Permalink

Surely an equivalent of this documentary has been made in english at some point ? Especially since all the interviews are in english !
I mean it's cool and all but there must be many other interviews of Nile and all the other people involved on the subject.

Among the best stuff are his comments about all the things he's done until now.
With such an incredible history of hits he could sound like an asshole (or an hypocrite) but he manages to appear both proud and likeable.
A bit like a kid bragging.
Another nice thing is that throughout the documentary he almost always plays his (unplugged) guitar during the interviews.

(OK this definitely belongs to the NL thread !)

AlXTC from Paris, Wednesday, 29 April 2015 16:40 (two years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Recently saw Daft Punk's 2006/7 Coachella performance / Alive tour described as:

The live set that changed the direction and velocity of all electronic dance music

Seems to be a pretty widespread idea in the US, and of course I don't know if it rings more true over there (given Detroit and Chicago's musical history I doubt it) but at least I can say that for me that album/show had NO impact at all on the scene for house/techno/"EDM" - only DP song I ever think I heard at a DJ set is "Revolution 909".

So yeah, to me it seems like a very widespread misconception or a US-specific truth (in this way reminding me a bit about the relation between Kelly Clarkson and popism which in a Danish context=0) and of course I don't mind really, like I don't mind people describing RAM as an EDM record, but it strikes me as a bit silly and I wanted to share that.

niels, Monday, 18 May 2015 10:08 (two years ago) Permalink

Alive 2007 definitely felt like a huge moment for them and (IMO) validation of a career that's been kinda up and down

frogbs, Monday, 18 May 2015 12:25 (two years ago) Permalink

putting a DJ-based act on stage surrounded by such monstrous stagecraft following three days of mostly guitar bands was pretty revolutionary

electric daisy carnival had been around for a decade but it quickly changed in to something way bigger with much wider appeal after 2007

all my hatians if u play they make u (gr8080), Monday, 18 May 2015 13:48 (two years ago) Permalink

besides Daft Punk's huge live show, the other big change for US EDM was Skrillex

sadly, the roots of techno and house have zero bearing on the current US EDM scene

too young for seapunk (Moodles), Monday, 18 May 2015 13:55 (two years ago) Permalink

"putting a DJ-based act on stage surrounded by such monstrous stagecraft following three days of mostly guitar bands was pretty revolutionary"

otm

soyrev, Monday, 18 May 2015 17:01 (two years ago) Permalink

a nifty turning point historically, too, since daft punk's music is so heavy on guitars

soyrev, Monday, 18 May 2015 17:02 (two years ago) Permalink

i wasnt there but a few friends were and they said people were just losing their minds, one friend told me he saw a boyfriend-girlfriend couple sobbing together while dancing and kissing at the same time when "one more time" came on

all my hatians if u play they make u (gr8080), Monday, 18 May 2015 17:04 (two years ago) Permalink

ive been to a lot of shows but i'm pretty sure ive never witnessed something like that

all my hatians if u play they make u (gr8080), Monday, 18 May 2015 17:05 (two years ago) Permalink

I've heard the YTs.

Norse Jung (Eric H.), Monday, 18 May 2015 17:05 (two years ago) Permalink

Ecstasy is a helluva drug

too young for seapunk (Moodles), Monday, 18 May 2015 17:07 (two years ago) Permalink

well yeah

all my hatians if u play they make u (gr8080), Monday, 18 May 2015 17:10 (two years ago) Permalink

"You don’t need MDMA to enjoy this music." —Pharrell

example (crüt), Monday, 18 May 2015 17:12 (two years ago) Permalink

how does he explain "Happy"?

too young for seapunk (Moodles), Monday, 18 May 2015 17:13 (two years ago) Permalink

"I'm a hot air balloon, I could go to space." —Pharrell

example (crüt), Monday, 18 May 2015 17:16 (two years ago) Permalink

xpost What did the Chem Brothers do at the peak of their popularity? Or Orbital, et al? Iirc they were all lauded for their live performances, but I never saw them perform.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 18 May 2015 17:19 (two years ago) Permalink

Both of them melted your face off.

DJP, Monday, 18 May 2015 17:29 (two years ago) Permalink

And then I was never able to see them again. :(

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 18 May 2015 17:34 (two years ago) Permalink

Orbital at Glastonbury 1994 was actually the UK version of this very thing.

kraudive, Monday, 18 May 2015 18:40 (two years ago) Permalink

Must be tough.

Norse Jung (Eric H.), Monday, 18 May 2015 18:40 (two years ago) Permalink

story checks out

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SJqGR5u5LI

soyrev, Monday, 18 May 2015 19:22 (two years ago) Permalink

daft punk was the entry electronic/dance music act for a lot of ppl of my cultural cohort (current late 20s/early 30s college/indie-rock type kids) and the live tour (i was a senior in college) was the sort of turning moment as i remember

max, Monday, 18 May 2015 20:57 (two years ago) Permalink

that's not quite the same thing as DP being the "EDM" gateway drug but it was a similar dynamic i think

max, Monday, 18 May 2015 20:57 (two years ago) Permalink

And then I was never able to see them again. :(

doubt Chems live show this year is going to be any different with just Tom barely visible than it would have been with both of them still barely visible

( who ALSO my boss and his sister!) (sic), Monday, 18 May 2015 23:37 (two years ago) Permalink

What, what? Are they down a Bro?

Anyway, I was making a literal joke, since Dan said they melted my face off.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 19 May 2015 01:10 (two years ago) Permalink

ah.

Ed has stopped touring, still recording. The dude who's done the incredible visuals with them on the last tours is still going.

( who ALSO my boss and his sister!) (sic), Tuesday, 19 May 2015 02:11 (two years ago) Permalink

i seriously do not understand the slow trickle of tasteful & pricey merchandise that keeps dripping out 2 years after the hype cycle for this album started

gr8080, Friday, 22 May 2015 13:56 (two years ago) Permalink

but i'm definitely buying a daft punk coffee mug

gr8080, Friday, 22 May 2015 14:01 (two years ago) Permalink

Daft Punk was also the entry point for indie rock kids ca. 1995. Guys I knew who listened only to like, Pavement and Jesus & Mary Chain and The Cure were suddenly way into them. Which as a newly converted techno snob of course I scoffed at.

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Friday, 22 May 2015 14:14 (two years ago) Permalink

those skateboards look great

example (crüt), Friday, 22 May 2015 15:26 (two years ago) Permalink

teal & orange.xls

example (crüt), Friday, 22 May 2015 15:27 (two years ago) Permalink

The live set that changed the direction and velocity of all electronic dance music

The only thing I have a problem with is "all". The statement really applies to the US, where Alive coincided with Kanye's Stronger.

Was that the greatest ever tour to follow a total flop album? It basically erased Human After All from the collective memory banks.

Continue your brooding monologue (Re-Make/Re-Model), Tuesday, 2 June 2015 10:51 (two years ago) Permalink

I don't mean that Alive was only a big deal because of Stronger, not at all, but the combination made it the point at which the US really got dance music. I have to read Matos's book to see what else was going on at that point that made EDM take off but this was the big bang.

Continue your brooding monologue (Re-Make/Re-Model), Tuesday, 2 June 2015 10:53 (two years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

http://mareplaytv.fr/video/daft-punk-unchained-documentaire-du-24-juin-2015/

enjoyed seeing M. Matos show up in this documentary

example (crüt), Thursday, 25 June 2015 18:35 (two years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

a friend just sent me this one, presumably for the similarity in the chords & wordless vocal hook to 'Get Lucky':

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etVRqEZxvJM

sam jax sax jam (Jordan), Friday, 4 March 2016 16:03 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtB5jC9_kc4

Week of Wonders (Ross), Saturday, 9 September 2017 20:45 (one week ago) Permalink

(production by Guy-Manuel)

Week of Wonders (Ross), Saturday, 9 September 2017 20:47 (one week ago) Permalink

sounds like it, too

niels, Sunday, 10 September 2017 08:31 (one week ago) Permalink

that's like, the Game of Love synth?

niels, Sunday, 10 September 2017 08:31 (one week ago) Permalink


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