New music: Legendary French house duo Daft Punk's new single "Get Lucky"

by Peter Valelly

Daft Punk - Get Lucky ft. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers (Columbia Records)

We finally got a concrete glimpse at one of the year's most anticipated and tightly guarded releases at midnight last night, when Daft Punk finally released a full-length radio edit of "Get Lucky," the new single they'd teased in a series of short ads on Saturday Night Live (and on giant screens at Coachella last weekend). The first full-length track we've heard from the French house/electro-pop duo's forthcoming Random Access Memories, "Get Lucky" features Pharrell Williams of the Neptunes and N.E.R.D. and legendary Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers.

The single—which boasts a more organic, full-band sound and a throwback disco style that's a notch less dynamic than what we're used to from Daft Punk—is sure to spark endless debate among fans in the coming hours and days. This writer's opinion? The insanely catchy hook and Rodgers' infectious guitar riff provide a superb anchor for the track, but the short, dull verses are mostly dead weight and feel like a considerable waste of Pharrell's vocal charisma, making the beginning and middle of the song something of a slog to sit through. The vocoder breakdown that comes about two-thirds through the song is a thrilling respite, but it's very tame compared to the chopped-vocal whirlwind of Daft classics like "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger." All in all, it's not too shabby, but something of a disappointment given the extensive build-up to its release. Let's hope the star-studded Random Access Memories boasts some more exciting moments.

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