Daft Punk, the French electronic music duo consisting of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, just released their fourth studio album “Random Access Memories” on May 21, 2013. This is the duo’s first album in eight years since their 2005 release “Human After All.”

Unlike their previous albums, Daft Punk recruited session musicians to record live instrumentation in professional studio locations. The duo decided to limit the use of electronic instruments to drum machines, a modular synthesizer, and vintage vocoders to synthesize their voices. The album features collaborations with Panda Bear, Julian Casablancas, Todd Edwards, DJ Falcon, Chilly Gonzales, Giorgio Moroder, Nile Rodgers, Paul Williams, and Pharrell Williams.

The duo began work on “Random Access Memories” in 2008 while they were still working on the “Tron: Legacy” score. They were unsatisfied with their early demo of “Random Access Memories” which prominently featured synthesizers. They eventually decided to work with live musicians instead. “We wanted to do what we use to with machines and samplers, but with people.” They avoided the use of samples throughout the album except for in the closing track “Contact.”

The duo describes the album’s style as having a “west coast vibe” and referenced acts such as Fleetwood Mac, The Doobie Brothers, and the Eagles. They also say that their record pays homage to Michael Jackson, The Cars, and Steely Dan. The duo also says that they specifically looked to the album “Rumours” by Fleetwood Mac and “The Dark Side of the Moon” by Pink Floyd as models. Bangalter felt that, “The most important records in music, whether it’s Led Zeppelin, or “The White Album,” or “Sgt. Pepper’s,” or “Quadrophenia,” or “Tommy,” are the ones that take you on a journey for miles and miles.”

“Random Access Memories” has already received great critical acclaim. Metacritic gave the album an 87 out of 100 based on mainstream music critics reviews. “Q” refereed to it as “by some margin Daft Punk’s best album in a career that’s already redefined dance music at least twice. It is, in short, a mind blower.” Rolling Stones gave the album a four-star review saying, “Its brilliance is often refutable,” and that “this is Daft Punk conjuring the musical era that first inspired them, when disco conquered the world with hand crafted grooves and prog-rock excess magnified emotions in black-lit bedrooms.”

The album is truly amazing and a completely different sound than what we’re use to from Daft Punk. I’d even say that it is probably the most chill, laid back album I have heard in a long time. Unfortunately the only song I am able to give you from the album is “Get Lucky” but I highly recommend you check the album out for yourself. You wont be disappointed.