Daft Punk's Random Access Memories

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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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five years ago) Permalink

Paul Williams?!

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

didn't DJ Sneak write "Digital Love"?

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

dads r cool too

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

oh yeah

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

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

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

lol not sure why i continued with that post

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

MC Miker G?

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

No Hope Sandoval no credibility.

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

...or Beth Orton?

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

would his dad wear a helmet ?

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

^ good one

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

((has it leaked))

???

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

the koze...

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

yup

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

"let the games begin"

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

goddamn that sounds like nile fucking rogers to me.

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

good times

“audience participation” otherwise known as “touching” (forksclovetofu), Monday, 18 May 2015 19:38 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three years ago) Permalink

but i'm definitely buying a daft punk coffee mug

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

those skateboards look great

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

teal & orange.xls

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

one year passes...

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

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

(production by Guy-Manuel)

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

sounds like it, too

niels, Sunday, 10 September 2017 08:31 (nine months ago) Permalink

that's like, the Game of Love synth?

niels, Sunday, 10 September 2017 08:31 (nine months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

does anyone have a file of this?

https://soundcloud.com/davidmorales/get-lucky-david-morales

gr8080, Thursday, 5 October 2017 15:21 (eight months ago) Permalink

I still love that endlessly ascending synth noise on 'Contact' ... fantastic drumming, too!

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Thursday, 5 October 2017 20:29 (eight months ago) Permalink

gr8080 i'll help ya out

Week of Wonders (Ross), Friday, 6 October 2017 01:25 (eight months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnjEzx7Glr8

calstars, Sunday, 15 October 2017 04:14 (eight months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

So bummed there was no Alive 2017. :(

skip, Saturday, 3 February 2018 03:09 (four months ago) Permalink

that's like, the Game of Love synth?

― niels, Sunday, September 10, 2017 4:31 AM (four months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

p sure it's a Wurlitzer!

(the blues version in his Broadway show) (crüt), Saturday, 3 February 2018 03:13 (four months ago) Permalink

I'm not really bummed that there hasn't been a live show. I can't see how it would live up to either Alive 2006/7 or the studio recordings on Random Access Memories. Pharrell and Chic both play "Get Lucky" live; Julian Casablancas plays "Instant Crush"; and that's about as close we're gonna get.

I'm more bummed that "Overnight" didn't get much attention:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTdBc2Ba8ts

^ You can kind of sing "Face To Face" over that, so they're definitely still making music that can mesh with their earlier recordings, but honestly I think another Alive 2007-style mashup gig would be super corny. otoh I think an Alive 1997-style gig where they're just doing "Da Funk" for 30 minutes would be fantastic!! I've seen way too many fanboys talk about what Daft Punk "should" do next, but fuck it: I wish they would just do some DJ gigs again.

(the blues version in his Broadway show) (crüt), Saturday, 3 February 2018 03:47 (four months ago) Permalink

I think they might be laying low till the Chic album comes out? I seem to remember they were supposed to be contributing to that, and in interviews about the album recently Nile Rodgers has kept talking about how there will be a "big surprise."

(the blues version in his Broadway show) (crüt), Saturday, 3 February 2018 03:49 (four months ago) Permalink

Sorry. I'm a dork.

(the blues version in his Broadway show) (crüt), Saturday, 3 February 2018 03:49 (four months ago) Permalink

You're right that another mashup gig would be corny, and so would have an attempt at playing the new album live with a rotating cast of "surprise" guests.

Alive 1997 it is then ;)

skip, Saturday, 3 February 2018 03:51 (four months ago) Permalink

btw this is a fun video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpG3XrPhgtM

(the blues version in his Broadway show) (crüt), Saturday, 3 February 2018 04:04 (four months ago) Permalink

my favorite bit of Nile Rodgers in "Get Lucky" is in the second half of the song when the prechorus and chorus come back in over the robot voices and DP sample a different guitar rhythm just for the second chord in the four-chord sequence and it's massively funky

(the blues version in his Broadway show) (crüt), Saturday, 3 February 2018 04:09 (four months ago) Permalink

^ I think I can hear it, but pretty fuckin' subtle. Unlike the nadir of the album, when halfway through Contact the drummer decides to give up on the awesome beat and just hit everything within reach on every beat, and nothing in between. Defeat snatched from the jaws of victory, I find it unlistenable.

lana del boy (ledge), Thursday, 15 February 2018 19:15 (four months ago) Permalink

haha true

tbh I found a lot of this album sounded pretty compressed to my ears

niels, Friday, 16 February 2018 07:08 (four months ago) Permalink

agreed that "Contact" is underwhelming

vicious almond beliefs (crüt), Friday, 16 February 2018 07:19 (four months ago) Permalink

that drum part is reminiscent of the drums on "The Final Countdown" though so I guess it's thematically appropriate

vicious almond beliefs (crüt), Friday, 16 February 2018 07:20 (four months ago) Permalink

I couldn't disagree more, re: 'Contact' ... my favourite track on the album.

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Friday, 16 February 2018 07:26 (four months ago) Permalink

Like, by miles.

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Friday, 16 February 2018 07:26 (four months ago) Permalink

I like my melodrama with a little more Paul Williams

vicious almond beliefs (crüt), Friday, 16 February 2018 07:45 (four months ago) Permalink

yeah, that one's the centerpiece

niels, Friday, 16 February 2018 07:47 (four months ago) Permalink

Between the 1997 and 2007 tour they released 11 singles. Beteween 2007 and the 2017 potential tour they only released 1 album and 5 singles.

For an act with such a legendary status they are actually very passive in their output. 4 albums in 20+years!?

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 16 February 2018 07:50 (four months ago) Permalink

That said they are really good at what they do.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 16 February 2018 07:51 (four months ago) Permalink

they did the TRON soundtrack in that second period too

vicious almond beliefs (crüt), Friday, 16 February 2018 07:59 (four months ago) Permalink

They've only ever done a handful of remixes too, nearly all of which are A++

groovypanda, Friday, 16 February 2018 09:17 (four months ago) Permalink

Mothership Reconnection! Chord Memory!

i know kore-eda (or something), Friday, 16 February 2018 10:55 (four months ago) Permalink

yea I'm pretty disappointed that we didn't get an Alive 2017

did they even play live in support of this record? surely they must have.

frogbs, Friday, 16 February 2018 13:37 (four months ago) Permalink

They only did that Grammy thing iirc.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 16 February 2018 20:46 (four months ago) Permalink

And yes I forgot that TRON soundtrack. Them breaking the 2017 pattern is very dissapointing. They had enough new music and production credits to make it work.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 16 February 2018 20:48 (four months ago) Permalink


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