Now that we’ve heard like 15 seconds of Daft Punk’s new album, it’s totally fair to speculate what the album’s sound will encompass. And based on those 15 seconds, the two syllable answer is: Dis-Co. The lauded duo’s previous material–most notably Discovery–has always held heavy disco tendencies, and many of their tracks, like “Robot Rock,” directly sample the genre. The 15 seconds (no longer available online), while quite pleasing on the ears, were certainly a tease. Hell, the loop could’ve been attached to a name from Breakbot to Calvin Harris (“School” Calvin) and that wouldn’t be a shocker. But it’s the robots. And being that this is the Daft Punk, well…let’s speculate.
So after hearing these entire disco-ish 15 seconds, combined with the knowledge that dico godfather’s Giorgio Moroder and Niles Rodgers loaned hand on the album, it’s safe to
say speculate that Daft Punk is about to bring that Daft Funk.
While not exactly shocking that they’re likely heavily adopting disco, it’s notable because the Nu Disco genre has developed somewhat of a cult following in recent years. Even Skream’s gone full blown disco in recent weeks, and if you look at this year’s essential mixes, it’s a healthy blend of disco and deep house. In summation, the genre has gradually exited the underground and gained some notoriety–in no doubt partially due to Daft Punk’s canon. It’s logical that Daft Punk is quite aware of the music scene and very much wants to revert to their more revered–and currently popular–sound.
So the new album–which is rumored to drop in May with the also rumored title No End–might get quite funky, and it may not be crunchy enough for some. But given that it’s Daft Punk, and 15 seconds can illicit a trending topic, odds are the reception will be positive, even if Justin Bieber sees a feature.
In the mean time, someone’s already turned the 15 second clip into a remix. Yowza.