Up All Night To Get Lucky, Daft Punk.

Up All Night To Get Lucky, Daft Punk.

OK, so though we weren’t impatiently awaiting this one ’til our eyes turned a dilated and deeper shade of bloodshot, I’d have stayed sleepless all week had I known this one was to arrive quite so early this morning. Of course Daft Punk provide absolute Saturday soundtrack – their brand of blithe electropop lends itself to carefree weekends, staying “up all night ’til the sun” or perhaps rather “to get some” – thus it feels apt that we should ourselves Get Lucky to wake up to today. Though this is so much more than the mere, if immoderately lionised return of the bona fide pioneers of synthetic musics: featuring the (if only superficially) inimitably indolent Pharrell Williams on unprecedentedly smooth vocal duties, it makes for a sly funk track to better a hundred thousand hoaxes. It smacks of Chic (far from a coincidence, given Nile Rodgers’ heavy involvement with Random Access Memories) and as the godfather of soul has recently been quoted as avowing, this is the sound of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter not only getting Williams to up his typically casual game, but so too the duo raising both “the bar” and the ante. “What is this I’m feeling?” Why it’s an abnormally natural form of ecstasy, Pharrell. Ecstasy only heightening the unshakable impatience…

Random Access Memories is anticipated May 20th on Columbia Records.

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