Get Lucky with Daft Punk
by Philip Sherburne | May 21, 2013
Daft Punk have spent their entire career whittling away at the human/machine interface. Homework and Discovery used samples of funk and disco to clone sleek new strains of electronic dance music. Human After All pumped and strutted like a rock band powered by artificial intelligence. The duo was the perfect choice to soundtrack Tron: Legacy, a movie about the collision of meatspace and vector living. But with their latest album, Random Access Memories, Daft Punk have gone off the grid for the first time in their career. Like Tron in reverse, the two robots have slipped through cracks in the software and emerged in a magical world where the human element reigns supreme. To mark the occasion, we've put together a guide to the influences behind their surprising new album, along with a sampler of their collaborators' work, a look into the inspirations for their classic 2001 album Discovery and an overview of their entire discography.