The new Daft Punk album Random Access Memories began streaming late last night on iTunes in anticipation to it’s May 17th release date.
Following the release of the album’s lead single, Get Lucky, last month, the hype for their new fourth studio album has reached a critical mass. Get Lucky, with its disco laden melody and smooth vocals by Pharrell, have given hope to Daft Punk fans which now see Random Access Memories as potentially being the band’s comeback.
The stream of the single, Get Lucky has already captured the attention of EDM worshippers and music enthusiast around the world, going No. 1 on the Billboard charts and Spotify claiming it’s now the most-streamed new song in the service’s history.
It’s been eight years since the release of Daft Punk’s last album, Human After All with their only other release since then being the score for Disney’s Tron Legacy in 2010. Both releases had been met with mediocre reviews, in spite of the French duo’s wildly successful first two records Homework and Discovery.
The full album stream has shown that while Get Lucky is not the only 70’s Disco inspired track; the album further expands on the Daft Punk sound, including cuts that embody jazz fusion and some more straight forward rock tracks, such as Instant Crush which features The Stroke’s vocalist, Julian Casablancas. The album is still overflowing with the rich, dancy-funk bass lines that is expected of Daft Punk.
To really grasp the overall 70’s aesthetic of the album, Daft Punk had recruited a number of other artists in addition to those previously mentioned, such as Chic front-man and Parliment Funkadelic guitarist Nile Rodgers, as well as German disco legend Giorgio Moroder and Animal Collective’s Panda Bear.
You can hear “Doin’ It Right” featuring Panda Bear below in an unofficial video. (link may break as Youtube and video have been aggressively trying to remove these leaks.)
Expect a full album review here when the record drops next week.