The hype surrounding the long awaited Daft Punk album peaked last week when the French duo released ‘Get Lucky’, the first single from Random Access Memories. In an exclusive interview with French blog Obsession, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo gave a full breakdown of what’s going to appear on the album.
Give Life Back To The Music is inspired by the Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones artist-producer collaborations.
“The albums of Quincy Jones have always fascinated us by their ultimate precision which has never been attained by any technology,” said Daft Punk. “This is a little bit of the fundamental difference between “Thriller” and “Bad.” On the latter one, the tracks are of a very high level, but the performances are less subtly nuanced.”
John Robinson, the drummer from Jackson’s Off The Wall album, also features on this track.
Expect to hear plenty of the famous Daft Punk robot vocals in The Game of Love. Bangalter and Homem-Christo have altered the unique sound on this track in an attempt to humanise the robot accent, following the idea “of artificial intelligence becoming more human... An emotion of something which isn’t human but tries to be.”
Daft Punk wanted to document the career of Italian record producer Giorgio Moroder, one of the pioneers of electronic music, in the track Giorgio by Moroder and interviewed the 72-year-old for three hours with multiple microphones in what apparently will be the vocals for this musical documentary.
“It was important to have him on this album for us to feel surrounded by our contemporaries,” said Daft Punk of The Strokes Julian Casablancas, who provides the vocals on Instant Crush.
Lose Yourself to Dance encompasses a simple sound- two live legendary drummers in John Robinson and Omar Hakim and lots of robot inspired vocals.
“Our fantasy is to reinvent dance music with the drums... Recording that way has given us an enormous satisfaction: we are proud that there are real drums on this album and not a drum computer.”
You should already be familiar with the instant hit Get Lucky.
“We wanted to give the impression of being in a capsule, in a studio, isolated from the world.”
Featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, plus a small yet satisfying amount of robot vocal backing, has us very excited for the album’s May release as soon as it was released last week.
Doin’ it Right features the “angelic” voice of Panda Bear (Animal Collective) is what the duo describes as the only electronic track on Random Access Memories and most futuristic and contemporary track despite the duo describing another track, Motherboard, as “A futuristic piece which could come straight from the year 4000…”. Should be interesting.
Not only will the album’s final track Contact feature DJ Falcon, but it was also include the voice of captain Eugene Cernan, the last man to have stood on the moon.
The success ‘Get Lucky’ experienced just hours after being released suggests Random Access Memories will be a hit regardless of its musical quality, however the fascinating collaborations and ideas that have formed this album ensure it will be well received.