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Daft Punk talk new album at Coachella festival

Daft Punk's album cover for Random Access Memories
Image caption Daft Punk's new album Random Access Memories is their first new album since 2005's Human After All

French electronic dance duo Daft Punk have revealed details about their first new album in eight years, Random Access Memories, which is out next month.

A two-minute trailer for the record was played at the Coachella music festival in California at the weekend.

It featured new single, Get Lucky, starring singer Pharrell Williams and Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers.

The DJs, who are only seen in public as robots, said they wanted "to play with the past".

"The 70s and the 80s are the tastiest era for us," Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo told Rolling Stone magazine in the first interview about the album.

Along with his partner Thomas Bangalter, De Homem-Christo hired "top-notch session players" to perform on the album, who had played with Michael Jackson, Herbie Hancock and Eric Clapton.

The album also features guest appearances from The Strokes lead singer Julian Casablancas and Academy award-winning producer Giorgio Moroder.

The duo criticised electronic dance music in the interview which they said is having an "identity crisis".

"Electronic music right now is in its comfort zone and it's not moving one inch," said Bangalter.

Meanwhile, Red Hot Chili Peppers closed the first weekend of the Coachella festival following headline sets from Grammy award-winning French band Phoenix on Saturday and Britpop band Blur on Friday.

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