When we recently celebrated the 15th anniversary of the release of Daft Punk’s debut album Homework, we got even more antsy than usual for new music from the French duo, who haven’t dropped a studio LP in seven years. Happily, we can report that Daft Punk are currently working with producer Nile Rodgers on a new album. “We were just jamming at my house [in New York], but it’s gonna be proper and real,” Rodgers told music blog Faster Louder. “They came over to my 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.”
The 59-year-old disco legend continued to talk about his songwriting session and his relationship with the duo:
“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 happily continued. “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.”
Nile Rodgers — who recently beat an aggressive form of prostate cancer — has created an impressive career writing and producing hits for a multitude of artists: David Bowie, Madonna, Duran Duran, Diana Ross, and most recently with Adam Lambert on his sophomore album Trespassing. He was also an original member of the disco act Chic, responsible for hits like “Le Freak”.
Daft Punk scored the soundtrack for 2010 film Tron: Legacy (which brought them into the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 for the first time) and dropped a live concert recording, Alive 2007, but have not released a studio album since 2005′s Human After All.