Daft Punk’s big year might be coming to a close, but they’re still doin’ it right months after the release of Random Access Memories. Music’s most famous robots have shared a preview for the “Instant Crush” video, featuring Julian Casablancas. The Strokes singer is seen performing in a sunset-lit room, but he also gets turned into some sort of pastoral puppet who shares a moment with a simple farm girl. The dolls, while unsettling, are still less creepy than those giant Arcade Fire heads.
The “Instant Crush” clip aired on France’s BFMTV at 5:30 a.m., so it was presumably seen by viewers who were truly up all night to get lucky. If you’re wishing that there was more “Giorgio by Moroder” instead, the disco legend recently stepped in to remix Haim’s “Forever.
Whenever I hear Daft Punk’s first single off Random Access Memories, the heavy swaying delight "Get Lucky," my mind travels to waves breaking on the shore. It’s sunset on a summer’s night, I’m wearing a Hawaiian shirt and a bikini, a mai-tai sits cooly in my hands and everything feels a bit hazy and oh, so wonderful.
But now, even before Daft Punk has had the chance to release remixes of their new album, sonic wunderkind Nicolas Jaar has taken it upon himself to create a remixed version of RAM—in full. He and Dave Harrington, better known as Darkside have given us a refurbished and altered version of the album that puts Daft Punk’s beats on simmer and makes us want to trade in our toes in the sand for some giant Iris-esque wedges and saunter down sticky city streets.
Daft Punk’s "Get Lucky" is sitting high atop the Summer Jams of 2013 power ranking, with its irresistible bassline and breezy vocals bearing promises of getting lucky, and the release of the album behind it has kept the masked men on everyone’s minds. And with the ubiquity of "Get Lucky" inevitably comes every sort of iteration of YouTube mashup. The best one, though, which we’re not sure how we missed, comes from YouTube user jcs101010, who has skillfully juxtaposed the track with scenes of the works of David Lynch.
The bulk of the footage comes from the episode of Twin Peaks where The Man From Another Place appears as a red-suited dwarf who tears up the dance floor, which naturally works well with Daft Punk’s Chic-evoking funk. But scenes from Lynch’s other works, including the iconic "bad coffee" moment from Mulholland Drive and plenty of nightmare fuel from Eraserhead also make appearances. It could probably have used more dancing or general movement to really work, but for fans of Twin Peaks and / or Daft Punk, it’s the perfect wonderfully weird dance party for your Friday afternoon. Have a good weekend, everyone!
It didn’t take long at all for Daft Punk, Nile Rodgers and Pharrell’s funky, Chic-echoing single “Get Lucky” to become one of the biggest songs in the world. Although Daft Punk purists may contend that it doesn’t reach the duo’s highest, most fist-pumping heights, it’s on track to be a Song of the Summer contender. And it only took a couple of weeks of its existence for people to take to the Internet with their own versions.
You’ll probably get quite a few precious YouTube kids doing acoustic versions, aspiring laptop DJs creating mashups with it and, oh, I don’t know, Fleetwood Mac or something, but the winner in the “Get Lucky” covers race so far is English folk trio Daughter, fronted by Elena Tonra. Like the best covers, Daughter makes the song their own, turning it from a jovial prelude to a night out to later on, in a dark corner of a bar, with someone you’ve just met, or maybe even after the night is over, and you’ve had too much and are wondering where everything went wrong. “He’s up all night to get lucky,” has never sounded so heartbreaking. Listen to Daughter’s version below.
Okay sure, if you could transport me onto a beach at sunset, on say, July 23rd with a cool breeze blowing off the ocean, and if you could swap my crop top and plastic wedges for a bikini and over-sized Hawaiian shirt, and if you could place a strong mai tai in my hand, then yes, I wold totally be down to groove in the sand to this new Daft Punk song.
Last night, after months of teasing, the group finally released their new single "Get Lucky" via iTunes—the first song off their long-waited Random Access Memories. My mind isn’t exactly blown, but you know, the world needs a little good fun and this is certainly that, a very pleasant funk-filled escape. And if I wasn’t on a beach, I wouldn’t mind finding myself on a LED dance floor in my polyester pantsuit doing some variation on the hustle. But whatever your preference of setting, take a listen for yourself.
Here’s what most people knew about Wee Waa, New South Wales, Australia before Daft Punk announced they would premiere their upcoming album, Random Access Memories, there on May 17: not a whole lot. Here’s what most people know about Wee Waa, New South Wales, Australia now that Daft Punk has announced they are premiering Random Access Memories there: Wee Waa is a small town in Australia and Daft Punk is performing there. Got it? Got it.
After years of rumors, leaks of fake songs, unfounded Coachella gossip and badly-Photoshopped flyers promising North American tours, this is a weird thing about Daft Punk that is actually coming true, and it’s brilliant, isn’t it? It’s already one of the handful of facts about Wee Waa one can find by perusing the town’s Wikipedia page, alongside some other very important factoids—it has a population of 1,689, it’s Australia’s “Cotton Capital,” is home to the CSIRO Australia Telescope (an attribute that impressed the band) and the local rugby team is called the Wee Waa Panthers.
Daft Punk will premiere the album at the Annual Wee Waa Show, a typical Australian country show (think like a county fair), and will host a continuous playback and global launch party. If Daft Punk isn’t your thing, however, you can still visit the Wee Waa Show for its other attractions, including a cross-cut saw competition, horse events, a clown troupe, a baby show and “Wee Waa Has Talent,” at which Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo should definitely make an appearance. And as easy as it is to focus on the Daft Punk part of this equation, let’s all focus on the real winners here: Wee Waa. You can’t buy that kind of tourism promotion. Well done.
Continuing with our themes, I’ll be exploring the smooth vibes explored by France, often deemed the French Touch in house and dance music. The French are already pretty smooth with their language, food, and fashion, so it’s really not shocking that a lot of their music is smooth as well.
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Sébastien Tellier – "Look" (2008)
Following in the footsteps of Serge Gainsbourg, the original king of French smooth, Sebastien Tellier has experimented with various genres and styles, but they are always smooth and always for the ladies. Here is a stand out tune from his 2008 record, the aptly titled Sexuality, complete with incredible cover art.
Breakbot – "Another Dawn" (feat. Irfane) (2012)
Channeling the smooth of many legends past and filtering it through a contemporary lens, French artist Breakbot released his fantastic By Your Side LP last year. On this particular cut, he channels Michael McDonald, with vibes that heavily remind me of this one.
Air – "Le Soleil Est Pres De Moi" (1997)
Air are the masters of bachelor-pad, electronic-space-jazz lounge, and they have progressively become more pop driven. Their earlier stuff, though, was pure instrumental smooth. This is one of those tunes.
Phoenix – "You Can Blame It On Anybody" (2004)
Everyone knows Phoenix now as a result of their popular album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix and their songs’ inclusion in car ads. What many people don’t know is that, before they were making sort of generic indie rock, Phoenix was making incredible smooth jams like this one on their first two (and partly third) records. I can listen to the vocal harmonies in the beginning on loop forever.
Daft Punk – "Something About Us" (2001)
There’s not much I can say about Daft Punk that hasn’t already been said: they are a big reason house music is popular all over the world today. This is taken from their definitive masterpiece, Discovery, and is a deviation from the rest of the record’s upbeat dance tunes, instead opting for a laid back smooth love jam.
Alan Braxe – "Voices" (2013)
Another master of the French touch sound that defined French dance music in the late ’90s-00s, Braxe, who has often collaborated with Fred Falke, was known for his lush synths, emotional chord changes, and funky bass lines. This tune illustrates much of that nostalgic beauty.
Pointed finger recipient Lindsay Lohan isn’t known these days for her acting, singing, or basically anything worth writing about in an alumni magazine. But her ability for silently posing in front of a camera has landed her the lead role in First Point, a surf noir created by artist Richard Phillips. As it turns out, the movie’s overwhelming score is composed by Thomas Bangalter, who’s known as one-half of Daft Punk. It’s an unlikely group of collaborators, but as you can see from the trailer, the result seems strangely compelling.
Daft Punk stans will compare the harsh tones in Bangalter’s score to Daft Punk’s work on the Tron: Legacy soundtrack, which didn’t sound so much a robot dance party as a funeral. Lindsay Lohan stans, if they exist (Lo-stans?), will just be glad she’s staying out of trouble. It’s got to be better than making a cameo appearance in a made-for-TV Mean Girls 3: Triple Trouble,at least.
As the press release notes, "Phillips and [director Taylor] Steele explore the psychologically charged tension that arises when a sport of individualism is pursued by a celebrity persona stepping in and out of a characterized state. What results is an existential hall of mirrors wherein fractured identity emerges as Lohan assumes a range of emotionally charged characters with varying degrees of similarity to her own pop-culture persona." First Point premieres this week at the Gagosian Gallery.
Kanye West has been in a court battle recently after Virginia rapper Vince P (real name Vincent Peters) claimed that he himself had written the 2007 hit "Stronger." Both rappers claim the Nietzsche quote "that which doesn’t kill me makes me stronger" as an influcence for their respective song’s chorus.’
Mr. Peters claims that Mr. West took the song after Mr. Peters gave Mr. West’s business manager–named, no joke, John Monopoly–a demo CD several years ago. Mr. Peters then alleges that Mr. West stole the song. A judge has already ruled that the songs don’t sound enough alike, although Vince P has again appealed the ruling, and now Kanye and his lawyers are back in court further arguing that more than one person has heard of Nietzsche.