It’s been quite some time since we’ve heard anything from Daft Punk. After rumors of a tour in support of the Tron: Legacy soundtrack failed to materialize, the robot’s camp went silent, leaving fans wondering what was going on with the duo.
Last night however, disco/pop legend Nile Rodgers revealed in an interview with CultureMap Houston that plans for a rendezvous with the duo had been set for his NYC apartment early this week. Today he spoke with Australia’s Faster Louder, confirming that not only had they met and spent some time jamming at his house – they’ve decided to make it more formal, presumably preparing to hit the studio together.
“We were just jamming at my house, but it’s gonna be proper and real. They came over to my [apartment] today around breakfast time and now it’s evening, I basically had to almost kick them out,” Rodgers told the website.
“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 interviewer tried to get more details but said Rodgers seemed hesitant to lay out any solid plans, only adding that “every track they played I just ran across the room and got my guitar and started playing, we were all dancing around my dining room having the time of our lives.”
This means that we should bet on this being Daft Punk’s most soulful, funk-tastic album yet. And based on Nile Rodger’s list of songwriting and production credits, that’s a bet worth taking.
Perhaps best known as the guitarist and songwriter from the disco-funk outfit Chic, Rodgers has also played with, written for and produced an insane amount of artists, ranging from Madonna (Material Girl, Like a Virgin) and Duran Duran (The Reflex, Wild Boys) to David Bowie (Let’s Dance) and Diana Ross (Upside Down, I’m Coming Out).
Color us excited. While there was nothing wrong with the Tron LP, it wasn’t the Daft Punk record that many fans wanted. Letting Nile work some disco magic into the equation might be just what fans have been waiting for.
Nile runs a blog called Planet C where he discusses his musical career as well as his battle with cancer. He posted earlier today about his planned meeting with the duo, so hopefully now that it’s happened he’ll share some details soon. The world could use Chic Punk.