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If you haven’t heard it by now, stop reading this and listen to the new Daft Punk single “Get Lucky.” In it, the robots team up with the talented producer Pharrell (who sings on the track) and the legendary guitarist Nile Rodgers.
The track’s groove harkens back to the funky sound of the 70’s while incorporating that immediately recognizable Daft Punk vocoder and guitar tone. The track has been highly praised and in great demand since its official release date of April 19th. In fact, Spotify announced that the song now holds the biggest streaming day for a single track in both the U.S. and the U.K. (previously held by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Bastille, respectively).
The story, or stories, behind this track are quite interesting. Briefly, Pharrell met with the robots after expressing interest in working on their new album. At the meeting, Pharrell mentioned that he was really into Nile Rodgers’ music and the French duo looked at each other in astonishment. They proceeded to show Pharrell the rough demo of “Get Lucky” on which Rodgers had played the guitar part. The collaboration blossomed from there. Other stories about the collaboration can be found on Daft Punk’s website in a series of video called “The Collaborators Series”. I highly recommend checking them out.
The full album Random Access Memories will be out May 21st.