Daft Punk fans (a.k.a. everyone in the world), get ready to dance as the electronic music duo leaked the first snippet of its new album "Random Access Memories" this weekend. The release date for the long-awaited record will be May 21.
The album, the French techno group's first proper release since 2005's critically acclaimed "Human After All," is now available for digital pre-order via iTunes and vinyl and CD pre-order via myplaydirect.com, but fans can hear the first maddeningly short clip by clicking this link to access a new website made especially for "Random Access Memories."
Upon clicking the link, Web users will be treated to an animated representation of the joining of the two sides of a Daft Punk helmet logo, accompanied by the song snippet, which repeats the lyrics "get funky" and "get lucky" in the looping style that made Daft Punk famous with tracks like "Around the World."
Daft Punk is a touchstone in the modern techno scene, being nominated for Grammys each time they drop music, and creating an immediately recognizable dance sound that has made them perhaps the world's best-known electronic music act.
"Random Access Memories," which will be Daft Punk's fourth studio album, is not the first batch of songs to be released by the group since 2006, as the duo did record the soundtrack to "Tron: Legacy" in 2010, as well as its second live album "Alive 2007" in 2007.
But it is the first official studio album in eight years, and the buzz is insanely high for the new release, with rumors about a world tour and possible headlining gig at Coachella flying around the Web. The group and its label Columbia Records have not yet announced an official "Random Access Memories" tour, however.
The frenzied anticipation surrounding a possible new Daft Punk album began in earnest in February 2012, when news leaked that Nile Rodgers, the famed producer of such songs as Madonna's "Material Girl" and David Bowie's "Let's Dance," was producing a new LP with the duo.
Rodgers told music site Faster Louder in February 2012 that he has been working with Daft Punk's Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter on new material.
"We were just jamming at my house, but it's gonna be proper and real," Rodgers told Faster Louder. "They came over to my place today around breakfast time and it's now evening; I basically had to almost kick them out. We were having so much fun just in an informal setting that we decided to make it formal. And it's very formal. It's gonna be amazing."
After some prodding by Faster Louder, Rodgers further explained the collaboration on a new Daft Punk album:
"It's funny. I've known Daft Punk for some time now but we were never really close. We never got a chance to hang out with each other, we would just meet in passing," he said. "So today was the first chance we had to spend hours and hours together and it was just so awesome. Every track they played I just ran across the room and got my guitar and started playing and we were all dancing around my dining room having the time of our lives. It was something that was meant to be. It was interesting how Thomas said to me: 'It's funny, Nile, it's like we've completed the circle'. We've always just met, just had a moment to talk and then finally today we just said, this is something that has to happen."
Daft Punk are one of the world's most secretive bands, wearing robot helmets at all their shows and maximizing lights and other technology to create one of the most impressive live experiences in electronic music. They are also one of the most popular electronic bands, with a number of mega-hits including "Around the World" and "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger," which was sampled by Kanye West.
Daft Punk are also working with songwriter Paul Williams on a collaboration, Williams has said, and they may also be working with Noah Lennox's group Panda Bear on a collaboration, according to Les Inrocks.
Click play below to watch the classic video for Daft Punk's "Around the World":