Daft Punk have released the third installment in their new video series, The Collaborators, which focuses on the different artists that robo-Frenchmen Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo worked with on their long-awaited new album, Random Access Memories (out May 21 via Columbia Records). This latest entry features Chic guitarist/living legend Nile Rodgers, whose partnership with Daft Punk (or “The Robots,” as he apparently refers to them) was first reported back in 2012.
The disco and R&B icon spends most of the above 12-minute clip reflecting on his own career and legacy; he recalls the first time he heard Donna Summer’s “Love to Love You” (which was co-written by Giorgio Moroder, the subject of the first Collaborators video) and reminisces about when he first met David Bowie, Madonna, Duran Duran, and other giants he’s teamed with in the past. Eventually, Rodgers gets to his input on the latest Daft Punk full-length, recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York City.
“They were cooler than I thought,” he says. “They make you up your game even if your game is pretty good.” Rodgers goes on to say, “They’ve come to a place that’s beyond where they started and they’ve evolved… I feel like I’m working with contemporaries. I feel like I’m working with people who grew up with me and who feel it the same way we felt the vibe when we were creating this stuff. It’s like they went back to go forward.”
Best of all, the “Le Freak” guitarist plays a quick snippet of what is presumably one of his contributions to Random Access Memories. “Get Lucky” with that preview near the video’s end.