When it comes to electro-pop, no one does it better than Daft Punk. The French duo rose to popularity in the 90s, combining house music elements with synthpop. By 1997, when their hit album ‘Homework’ came out, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalte were well on their way.
In 2001, with the release of their monster hits ‘One More Time’ and ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’, they cemented their cult status.
Known for their flamboyant performances, the duo only appears in public and performances in robot disguise. Many years and two Grammys later, the duo is back with their fourth album, ‘Random Access Memories’.
The album is a throwback tribute to the 70s and 80s era of American music, and pays homage to Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles and Michael Jackson. For the first time in their recording history, the duo have recruited session musicians to record live instrumentations in studio.
Already being hailed by critics as a masterpiece, the album features Animal Collective’s Panda Bear, Chilly Gonzales, Paul Williams, DJ Falcon and Neptunes producer Pharell Williams who provides vocals for two songs on the album, including the lead single, ‘Get Lucky’.
Random Access Memories debuted atop the UK Albums Chart with 165,091 copies sold in its first week, becoming the duo’s first UK number-one album, as well as the fastest-selling album of 2013 so far. In the United States, the album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 339,000 copies, the duo’s first number-one album on the chart and the second largest sales week of 2013 overall. Check out the Daft Punk CNN interview on the album.