It's official: French electro-dance sensations Daft Punk have signed with Columbia Records and will release their fourth album in May, according to The Guardian.
Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo have parted ways with Virgin, their label since 1996, have been working with Chic's Nile Rodgers, famed songwriter Paul Williams and disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder on an album that has, until very recently, been a complete mystery.
While we'll be hearing new music soon enough, all signs point to 'no' for the duo to hit the live circuit this year. BBC Radio 1 DJ Rob Da Bank said as much to eFestivals earlier this year: "There's all kinds of crazy rumours flying about at the moment about Daft Punk at Coachella, and The Rolling Stones playing Glastonbury. We got told months ago that Daft Punk were definitely not touring next year, but it keeps the rumor mill going."
A year ago, Nile Rogers shared a good deal of enthusiasm when discussing sessions at his house with DP:
"We were just jamming at my house, but it’s gonna be proper and real," he said. "They came over to my [apartment] today around breakfast time and now it’s evening, I basically had to almost kick them out,” Rodgers told the site. “We were having so much fun just in an informal setting that we decided to make it formal. And it’s very formal. It’s gonna be amazing.”
When the interviewer pressed for more details, Rodgers played coy, only adding that “every track they played I just ran across the room and got my guitar and started playing, we were all dancing around my dining room having the time of our lives.”
After their take on the Tron: Legacy score in 2010, Daft Punk's last appearance was on "The Simpsons," playing the part of recurring character Disco Stu. The character appeared wearing a Daft Punk robot costume, saying, "Disco Stu has found a new thing".