In retrospect, it seems like it was only a matter of time. Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, better known to the wide world as Daft Punk, created such a strong, signature sci-fi look with their robotic costumes and cartoonish personae that it ultimately would have been remarkable if there weren’t a pair of action figures inspired by them. Sure enough, now you can indeed avail yourself of miniature versions of Thomas and Guy-Manuel, visor helmets and all.
Surely you know the sort of person whose day would be made by getting these as a gift, if you aren’t already that sort of person yourself. The big question is: what does this mean for the future? Should we expect to see more and more of this sort of thing popping up as time goes by? Can a deadmau5 doll be far behind, for instance? He’s already more or less an action figure to begin with, after all. And it’s not as if there’s no precedent for this sort of thing — anybody remember the Kraftwerk action figures from a few years back? Maybe Daft Punk will start taking a page from Kraftwerk’s book and stage performances with the Thomas and Guy-Manuel dolls standing in for the real thing. If that happens, remember where you heard it first.
By this point in time, it seems like Daft Punk has worked its way into just about every other area of life, so why not make a sally into the skateboard universe? Now Daft Punk lovers with a desire to bring the band’s imagery between their feet and the street will finally have that opportunity, thanks to Hervet-Manufacturier, a high-end French design company that has incorporated the duo’s legendary logo and the artwork for their single “Da Funk” into some serious skate hardware.
Nicolas and Cédric Hervet have crafted their Daft Punk skateboards from molded beechwood overlaid with a Formica laminate. The laser-engraved “grip effect” logo on the top and the two-color inlay on the bottom give their creation it’s one-of-a-kind look, and speaking of one-of-a-kind, as you might have guessed, this is a limited-edition series.
Only 25 boards per color will be available, each with its own laser-etched edition number proclaiming its exclusivity to the world at large. So if you want a Daft Punk skateboard to be a part of your immediate future, you’d better act fast. Fear not, you should be able to acquire all the info you’ll need at the website.
After telling the world last November about his upcoming artist album — his first in over 30 years — iconic 74-year-old disco-producer legend formally announced today that he will release Déjà vu on June 16, 2015.
The album features a host of collaborations with an array of pop artists including Britney Spears, Charli XCX, Kylie Minogue, Mikky Ekko, Foxes, Kelis, Marlene and Matthew Koma. The title track featuring Sia was released today.
Obligatory press gush from Moroder, who has produced a litany of award-winning albums for Donna Summer and David Bowie, appeared on Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories and not too long ago started a new career as a DJ: “So excited to release my first album in 30 years; it took quite some time. Who would have known adding the ‘click’ to the 24 track would spawn a musical revolution and inspire generations. As I sit back readily approaching my 75th birthday, I wouldn’t change it for the world. I’m incredibly happy that I got to work with so many great and talented artists on this new record. This is dance music, it’s disco, it’s electronic, it’s here for you. Once you listen… you’ll feel it… déjà vu.”
With tracks to his credit like his recent single “74 is the New 24,” age continues to be nuthin’ but a number for Giorgio Moroder.
Déjà vu track listing:
“4 U With Love”
“Déjà vu feat. Sia”
“Diamonds feat. Charli XCX”
“Don’t Let Go feat. Mikky Ekko”
“Right Here, Right Now feat. Kylie Minogue”
“Tempted feat. Matthew Koma”
“74 Is The New 24”
“Tom’s Diner feat. Britney Spears”
“Wildstar feat. Foxes”
“Back & Forth feat. Kelis”
“I Do This For You feat. Marlene”
Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo has contributed new music to Gates Of The Sun (Algérie pour toujours), an Algerian movie directed by Jean-Marc Minéo (Femme Fatale, Rape Me,Handicap), hitting theaters in France on March 18. The 90-minute political thriller, which co-stars Mike Tyson as himself (!), is about an Algerian secret agent who has to destroy an undercover paramilitary organization that plans to strike against the country and its people.
De Homem-Christo wrote the music for the film with Eric Chedeville, with whom he co-founded the record label Crydamoure and released numerous tracks in the late ’90s and early ’00s under the guise Le Knight Club.
According to an interview with Chedeville in French culture magazine Les Inrocks: “Guy-Man has made music in this film. Initially it had to be for a fight scene with Mike Tyson, but now it’s the final scene inside a club. It should not exceed two minutes, I think. At least 80% of the soundtrack was made by the two composers Matteodo Patrick and Jean-Jacques Ipino.”
Chedeville added: “And the piece will not be signed ‘Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo’ but ‘Knight Club’, the nickname that we used at the time for Crydamoure. The director is a friend of Guy-Man, and he wanted to give him a hand.”
No word yet on when the movie will receive a wider commercial release or if a soundtrack will be made available. The film’s trailer (below) is filled with action, including intense fight scenes and plenty of guns and violence.
Here’s a holiday gift to consider for the DJ/vinyl aficionado in your life: Daft Punk’s two live albums, Alive 1997 and Alive 2007, will be released by Rhino Records for the first time on double vinyl on December 23, 2014. Concurrently, the French duo will issue a sprawling limited edition box set featuring the following:
2 solid white vinyls, plus a vinyl bonus (Side A: the show’s encore (human after all / together / one more time (reprise) / music sounds better with you) /Side B: ‘ALIVE 2007’ pyramid logo etched), a 52 page book (pictures taken during the shows), a slipmat and a download card. A silver vinyl edition of Daft Punk’s first live album, ‘ALIVE 1997’, will accompany them.
A quick scan of Amazon reveals the box set is selling for $119.99. Not cheap, but definitely within reach for anyone who calls themselves a Daft Punk collector.
In one of the most unexpected resurgences ever, disco legend Giorgio Moroder, whose career has enjoyed a second act in the last two years thanks to his appearance on Daft Punk’s “Giorgio By Moroder” and his debut DJ set at Brooklyn’s Output, is coming back full force with his first album of new material in over three decades. Having signed to Sony Music/RCA, Moroder’s upcoming album will feature vocal appearances from Charli XCX, Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears, Sia and more.
In celebration of the announcement, Moroder, who blazed trails producing Donna Summer in the ’70s. has released a future-retro animated video for one of the songs on the record – the perfectly titled “74 is the New 24.” The song is classic Moroder with smothering synths, crystal piano breakdowns and a robotic vocoder dropping in for the song’s chorus.
One thing that is remarkable about the new track, as well as “Giorgio’s Theme” which Moroder released in the summer, is the overall vitality and seamlessness of it, sounding simultaneously fitting of his most famous work, while sounding not out of place in today’s landscape. In his press release, Moroder speaks about the timelessness of his platform. “Dance music doesn’t care where you live,” he says. “It doesn’t care who your friends are. It doesn’t care how much money you make. It doesn’t care if your 74 or if you are 24 because… 74 is the new 24!”
The new album is currently untitled, but “74 is the New 24” is such a fantastic title, that should really be it. Watch the video via The Creators Project.