When you speak of hype, no one’s creating it better than Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo. From 30-second morsels of new music appearing on Saturday Night Live to revealing album features from the forthcoming Random Access Memories at Coachella last night, Daft Punk is making all the right moves. Their new record is undoubtedly one of the most highly-anticipated albums of 2013, and all this mystery surrounding it is working.
Bangalter and de Homem-Christo recently sat down with Rolling Stone for an exclusive profile, and discussed the creation of the album, its features, and even hinted at a collaboration with Kanye West. Check out some of the highlights below:
On working on Random Access Memories without a game-plan:
“After three records, there was a sense of searching for a record we hadn’t done… We wanted to do what we used to do with machines and samplers, but with people.  There’s this thing today where the recorded human voice is processed to try to feel robotic… Here, we were trying to make robotic voices sound the most human they’ve ever sounded, in terms of expressivity and emotion.”
On the album’s guest features:
Pharrell: “We were at a party for Madonna’s last album, and I was like, You guys should have produced this! Why did that not happen? Madonna and the robots would have been unbelievable! They were like, We’re working on something. I said, Whatever you do, call me – I’ll play tambourine on it. They looked at each other and they were like, We’ll be in touch.”
According to Rolling Stone, Pharrell will also be appearing on a “stomping disco track” titled “Lose Yourself to Dance,” along with the recently previewed “Get Lucky.”
On today’s EDM scene:
“Electronic music right now is in its comfort zone and it’s not moving one inch. That’s not what artists are supposed to do. [The genre is suffering] an identity crisis: You hear a song, whose track is it? There’s no signature. Skrillex has been successful because he has a recognizable sound: You hear a dubstep song, even if it’s not him, you think it’s him.”
On working with Kanye West:
“It was very raw: he was rapping – kind of screaming primally, actually. Kanye doesn’t give a fuck. He’s a good friend.”
Daft Punk prepared a combination of live and programmed drums at their Paris studio, and Kanye worked out rough vocals.
On touring in support of Random Access Memories:
“[We] have no current plans [to tour]. We want to focus everything on the act and excitement of listening to the album. We don’t see a tour as an accessory to an album.”