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Friday, 24 May 2013

Friday's French music break - Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, "Get Lucky"

Friday's French music break this week comes from perhaps one of this country's most successful and, within their particular genre, influential groups - Daft Punk.

It's "Get Lucky", a song that in the words of a review in The New Yorker "lopes along in a soft disco thump, seductive but not ecstatic."


Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers (on guitar) screenshot from YouTube Saturday Night Live video

Co-written by the duo that make up Daft Punk - Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo - "Get Lucky" also features Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers (remember Chic?).

Yes, it really did take four people to collaborate on a song with minimal lyrics.

But who cares? This is dance music after all. Plus it includes the unmistakable touch of Rodgers on guitar.

"Get Lucky" is the first track to be released (in perhaps the cleverest and most titillating of marketing campaigns) from Daft Punk's fourth studio album "Random Access Memories" which, although most reviewers recognise it as an attempt by the group to "ditch the electronic beats, house and techno that first elevated them to fame" still delivers - big time.

For Elisa Bray writing in The Independent, the album is one that takes the listener on a journey which "for all its musical twists and turns has its feet firmly on the dancefloor" (???).

While Will Hermes in Rolling Stone describes it as an "awesome ride" even if - after five years of waiting, it's nothing like the Electronic Dance Music set that everyone had been expecting.

Yes, a lot has been written about both the single and the album - and that was before either had been released.

Anyway they're both available now and for any lovers of dance music "Get Lucky" is definitely something to get your head bobbing, shoulders swinging and - maybe in the privacy of your own home - hips a-groovin'.

Given the song's release date, maybe those who choose France's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest should have thought about getting in touch with Bangalter and de Homem-Christo ahead of time.

After all, just look at the countries in which it has already charted at number one - Australia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Switzerland and UK.

Oh well.

Enough words.

Enjoy.

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