Make My Funk The D-Punk
In many circles, people were beyond ready to hear “Get Lucky.” It seemed to be a Voltron of awesome — the Frenchmen back for the first time in years, Pharrell hopefully back in his 2002 swing, and Nile Rodgers on bass. The 70-second tease, first aired on SNL and at Coachella, just weren’t enough and seemed too good to be true. DP had been ironically thrust in the shadow of EDM music on airwaves and across dance floors. Pharrell was threatening to become more well known for his cameo in Get Him To The Greek than being the super-producer of a decade ago. And Nile Rodgers? For those of us in the know, he was a legend. More problematically, he was a legend trying to fend off cancer.
What makes “Get Lucky” the Single of the Year so far isn’t just the new humanity found by using it; there’s an interplay in Pharrell’s falsetto that accentuates the bass, while driving the electronic portions of the song. It’s a new thing that still feels familiar and strokes all the id’s neurons that seem to beg for replays. And given the principals involved, of course you can dance to it. It’s a playful come-on, and the exhortation in the bridge to stay true to the self while still trying to be better on an intergalactic level seems to be a hopeful callback of days gone by — you know, when disco and funk were trés chic and by Chic. Coincidence, I’m sure.
If the new album features more songs in this league, you can expect a spate of Daft Punk Is BACK! articles in a matter of weeks. And if the new album is this good, they’ll all be justified.
Music just sounds better with them around.
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