DAFT PUNK have confirmed details of their long-awaited new album ‘DISCOVERY’, which will be released on March 12 via VIRGIN.
The album will feature their Number Two single ‘One More Time’, and Romanthony, who provided vocals on that track, also features on one other track on the album, ‘Too Long’. American DJ and house producer Todd Edwards sings on ‘Face To Face’, while founder member Thomas Bangalter also provides vocals on a two of the tracks; ‘Digital Love’ and ‘Something About Us’.
Bizarrely, Daft Punk claim original members Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo ‘died’ on September 9, 1999, after their sampler exploded, and ‘Discovery’ is the work of two ‘robots’.
Speaking in the current issue of The Face magazine, the dance stars said their personal low profile was made “partly to instigate and perpetuate the Daft Punk myth” and to “place the importance on the music from the start”.
Bangalter added: “I think that when we turned out to be robots and we realised we could write this funny stuff on our faces, we thought it would be nice and more interesting than our previous faces. It’s true that the music might have been the only thing we wanted to show in the past…it has more and more progressed to a wider spectrum and really something more audio-visual.
“We had this idea of experiences that happen to the robot…the robot made discovery. ‘Discovery’ is about discovering things.”
de Homem-Christo also spoke of the duo’s influence on dance music. He said: “There are two ways of seeing that when it happens to you. To take it very seriously and try to grab it and stay ahead and always think about that. Or then take it like a dream and being thankful every time it does something good. We take it like a child who sees a toy or whatever: it’s funny and it’s making us happy, but it’s not like we get a big head when the success comes.”
The full tracklisting for the album runs:
‘One More Time’ (feat Romanthony)
‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’
‘Something About Us’
‘Face To Face’
‘Too Long’ (feat Romanthony)
‘Discovery’ is the long awaited follow-up to 1997’s ‘Homework’. The album is being kept under close security, but those who have heard it describe it as “a combination of future pop and life affirming house music.”