Posted by Gosia Mrugala
Is it too soon to think about naming the album of the year? Because I think we already know one of the top contenders. Word is out that DAFT PUNK has a new record due in May — their first studio release in eight years — and the EDM community is already breathless with anticipation.
Since the limited release of their debut single “The New Wave” 17 years ago, this enigmatic French duo (Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo) have been massively influential players on the international EDM scene. Their commercial breakthrough was the 1995 banger “Da Funk,” and these days just about everybody from your baby brother to your grandma can hum their hits — especially the 1997 classic “Around The World.” Their most recent release: the 2010 soundtrack for Disney’s TRON: Legacy.
Word is that the new album has been in the works since 2010. While everything’s pretty hush-hush at this point, there are some prestigious names attached as contributors — among them Animal Collective’s Panda Bear, songwriter Paul Williams, Chilly Gonzales and Giorgio Moroder. The month of May can’t come soon enough!