After what feels like a solid month of Get Lucky playing in our heads on loop, Daft Punk’s new album Random Access Memories is finally here. Here’s five things we love about it about it.
The Front Cover
Featuring the two helmets (oo-er, missus etc) of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo spliced together in perfect fusion, the cover image continues the duos historical use of robotic armoury. Here’s a helpful primer about the history of their helmets courtesy of Stereogum
It’s Unashamedly Cheesy
There moments of RAM when it goes straight to the ‘70s soft rock’ place that wouldn’t sound out of place on Magic FM, oh hi Fragments of Time and Touch. Totally 'Dad Punk'.
It Gets Space-y (Obvs)
DP have always been loved retro-futurism, from their use of old school calculator fonts through to the way they’ve used archive Japanese cartoon clips in their videos (One More Time, we're looking at you). Appropriately then, album closer Contact features a sample of astronaut Gene Cernan reporting the apparent appearance of a UFO.
Celebrating The Past
The Chic-esque licks to Get Lucky are already implanted in our brain, but RAM also features other past-referencing goodies. There's a rather large nod to German electronic legend Giorgio ‘Donna Summer’ Moroder in the form of the epic, Giorgio By Moroder featuring the great man chatting- yes chatting- about his career, legendary songwriter Paul Williams gives Touch his Antony Hegarty-like lilt and of course there's Pharrell (who also lends his vocals to Lose Yourself To Dance as well as the ubiquitous Get Lucky). Who needs EDM, eh?
Julian Casablancas Does His Best Song For Ages
An utterly Vocoder-voiced Julian Casablancas pops up on the mid-tempo ballad Instant Crush. A gorgeous bit of electronic moping from the Stroke, it’s probably the best song he’s put his name to since the era of his excellent 2009 solo album Phrazes For The Young.