February 26, 2013 16:02

Daft Punk reveal new image as long-awaited return edges nearer

French duo confirm switch to new record label Columbia

Daft Punk reveal new image as long-awaited return edges nearer

Photo: Facebook/Daft Punk

Daft Punk have shared a new band photo online today.

The image, which you can see above, was posted on DaftPunk.com and the duo's Facebook page today (February 26). The shot confirms that they have signed a new record deal with Columbia, the label's logo featuring in the bottom right hand side of the picture. Reports of Daft Punk having signed to Sony-owned Columbia emerged earlier this year and it is expected the dance musicians will release their fourth album this spring. The French dance duo, which consists of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, have left Virgin, with whom they signed in 1996.

The pair have been working with Chic's Nile Rodgers, who previously hinted their fourth album would appear in 2013, as well as Oscar-winning songwriter Paul Williams and disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder. Animal Collective’s Panda Bear and Feist collaborator Chilly Gonzales are also rumoured to have collaborated with the duo.

There were strong rumours Daft Punk would be among the performers at this year's Glastonbury Festival, though organiser Emily Eavis has denied this will happen. Bestival organiser and BBC Radio 1 DJ Rob Da Bank told eFestivals earlier this year that the band would definitely not be touring during 2013.

He said: "There's all kinds of crazy rumours flying about at the moment about Daft Punk at Coachella, and The Rolling Stones playing Glastonbury. We got told months ago that Daft Punk were definitely not touring next year, but it keeps the rumour mill going."

Daft Punk released their debut album 'Homework' in 1997, followed by 'Discovery' and 'Human After All' in 2001 and 2005 respectively. Their most recent release was the soundtrack for 'Tron: Legacy' in 2010.

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