Watch Daft Punk’s Full, Retrofuturistic ‘Lose Yourself to Dance’ Video
Nile Rodgers and Pharrell join the robot duo in extended 'Random Access Memories' clip
Daft Punk’s newly released “Lose Yourself to Dance” video sums up a whole bunch about the French duo’s latest album, Random Access Memories. First, a brief clip of the video already ran during the MTV Video Music Awards, so as with everything about RAM this arrives after a lengthy build-up (the teaser video was even labeled as “official,” as if it were the final product — oh, the suspense!). Second, the video demonstrates how Daft Punk distinctively mix the retro and the futuristic: You have to imagine an era in which robots perform onstage alongside Pharrell and Nile Rodgers for a crowd of shimmying revelers, and yet camera phones don’t exist. In other words, it’s a fine and fitting video for a standout track from Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo’s Essential album. Watch the clip — which was directed by the droids with help from Warren Fu, Paul Hahn, and Cedric Hervet — above and check out How Daft Punk Saved Pop Music (and Doomed Us All).