French House Kings Daft Punk have been teasing the billboards of cities around the world. Their clever juxtaposition of robot helmets are ushering the release of their highly anticipated new effort, Random Access Memories. “Get Lucky”, the first single to hit the airwaves features Pharell Williams on vocals. With a brilliant guitar riff that’s smoothly charged, the song may very well turn into the season’s most cherished track.
Daft Punk have long maintained a rather mysterious persona, their faces and sound shrouded by metal masks and spastic vocoder. Yet their music continues to exhibit a timeless sort of funk, harking to the beats that made up much of the musical landscape of the 70’s and 80’s. This resurrection of the past conjures up a cultural terrain that shines light to a pedagogy that revives Michael Jackson, Knight Rider, Japanese robotic cartoons, and a retro understanding of what it would be like to be in the future.