The amount of hype this release is creating is incredible. Remember last time I wrote a blog post about the rumours of Daft Punk's new album being called "No End" to be released on the 13.03.13? The rumour was created by this little music blog whose poor servers crashed and burned as a consequence of all the traffic. Insane. But fun!
So while we wait I thought I'd give you a little presentation of the confirmed collaborators on the upcoming album. Just one look at the names of collaborators and you know that this album will be very interesting. Some of the collaborators have already had interviews released on Daft Punk's official website, including Giorgio Moroder, Todd Edwards, Nile Rodgers, and Pharrell Williams.
Giorgio Moroder is an Italian producer who revolutionised and 'electrified' dance and disco music in the 70s with his synthesizer production. Most famous and groundbreaking for the time was Donna Summer's "Love To Love You Baby". Here is another of his most iconic tracks, "Chase" from the movie Midnight Express.
If you have listened to Daft Punk's Discovery album, you might recognise the name Todd Edwards. An American house and garage producer who co-wrote and produced one of my favourite Daft Punk tracks, "Face to Face". He may not be a mainstream name, but here is one of his tracks that you might recognise if you have listened to a lot of house music.
If you haven't heard of Nile Rodgers you sure as hell have heard one or several of his songs. A legendary producer, the mastermind behind Sister Sledge's "We Are Family", Diana Ross "I'm Coming Out" and "Inside Out", Madonna's "Like A Virgin", Duran Duran's "Notorious", David Bowie's "Let's Dance", and many, MANY more. And not only that. He also co-founded the legendary disco band Chic, responsible for some of the most defining songs of the disco era, such as "Le Freak", and "Good Times". No wonder Daft Punk wanted to work with him on this album. A brilliant guitarist who masters that feeling of dance music played by dynamic, organic, and live instruments. So obviously I have to share with you one of his most famous hits (and most sampled tracks in music) "Good Times"
Another producer who appears on this album, who also deserves the status of 'legendary' in my view, is Pharrell Williams. Part of the producers duo The Neptunes who pretty much owned the hit lists in first decade of the 2000's, and vocalist and drummer in the hiphop band N.E.R.D. He does the vocals on the upcoming single "Get Lucky" and another track called "Lose Yourself to Dance". His collaboration interview of the Daft Punk website is definitely worth a watch. This is not the first time Pharrell has worked with 'the robots', as he calls them, as they co-produced N.E.R.D.'s "Hypnotize U" back in 2010.
And the last collaborator I shall tell you about is one of my favourite artists/frontmen, Julian Casablancas. A man who oozes of rock'n'roll and sex appeal. I'm absolutely buzzing about this collaboration, and although it might be a somewhat surprising one, it does make sense as Julian's solo album from a couple of years back had some great futuristic synthesizer sounds. Here is his most popular track, which also happens to be my favourite, "11th Dimension"