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WATCH: Daft Punk debuts a funky new track at Coachella and on SNL
The electronic duo takes to the airwaves to promote their new album, Random Access Memories

Over the weekend, French electronic duo Daft Punk gave fans a tiny taste of what to expect from their fourth studio album, Random Access Memories, the team's first full-length project since 2005. (Unless you consider 2010 snoozefest Tron: Legacy, which the group scored. But that was more of a two-hour music video that glows in the dark.)

First, Daft Punk teased Coachella revelers with the album's inaugural track "Get Lucky" — a playfully funky disco throwback featuring guitar legend Nile Rodgers and terrible skateboarder/good singer Pharrell Williams. Then, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter surprised fans by taking an HD version of the clip to Saturday Night Live. 

"Electronic music right now is in its comfort zone and it's not moving one inch," Bangalter tells Rolling Stone in a new interview. The duo says the album will explore new territory for the DJs, namely by enlisting collaborators like The Strokes' Julian Casablancas, Animal Collective's Panda Bear, and Kanye West. At Coachella, meanwhile, the duo was apparently disguised in "civilian garb" to watch the teaser surprise the crowd of festival goers. "The fun part," says Bangalter, "will be seeing the footage people shot when it hits the internet." The album is due out May 21.

Chris Gayomali is the science and technology editor for TheWeek.com. Sometimes he writes about other stuff. His work has also appeared in TIME, Men's JournalEsquire, and The Atlantic.

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