by Stephen Hollowell

Daft Punk is playing at my house – well at the least their new highly anticipated fourth album “Random Access Memories” is and has been on repeat since its release.

The French duo’s new collection of songs differs quite a bit from their previous studio albums. The group is largely credited as pioneers in the electronic dance music scene, and their image – complete with futuristic robot helmets – is unmistakable. Members Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter are actually never photographed anymore without being in full costume.

“Random Access Memories” is influenced by a more mellow, seventies vibe,  which is evident in cameos from musicians like Nile Rodgers from Chic. Appearing on the album’s hit single “Get Lucky” with Pharrell Williams, Rodgers lays down some funky guitarwork as Williams croons, and the song is rounded out well by the duo’s trademark robot voices.

Although some tracks on the album are much slower than some of their previous work, “Random Access Memories,” is still highly danceable while remaining complex and artistic and just might be their most advanced piece of work.

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