Exclusive: Daft Punk’s new album Random Access Memories is “smoking”

“It’s pretty obvious, man – there, I said it,” Nile Rodgers laughed when inthemix asked if that’s his guitar work on the 15-second Daft Punk teaser that aired during Saturday Night Live. On Friday night, Miami time, we were backstage with the Chic legend while his protégé Avicii was playing the Main Stage. “I’ve heard so many different versions people have made from those 15 seconds,” he added. “There’s one I’ve seen called ‘Infinite Daft Punk’, and when you click the robots it flips around and goes backwards.”

While Rodgers isn’t going to be the guy to spill any spoilers about when Daft Punk will be returning to the live stage, he was more than happy to give inthemix an exclusive insight into the most-anticipated dance album of the last five years. With his encyclopaedic disco influence (after all, here’s a man whose production CV includes Sister Sledge, Diana Ross and David Bowie), Rodgers has one word for the final product: “It’s smoking.” Our backstage conversation happened less than 24 hours before the news emerged that the album will be called Random Access Memories, out 21 May and now listed in iTunes and available for pre-order (check out the album artwork below). Another collaborator to talk about his involvement in the album is Italian innovator Giorgio Moroder.

“The best words for the process: 100-percent organic,” Rodgers explained about working with Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo. “It was from the heart, it was like it was meant to be. It was a perfect collaboration, and I bet that’s what they are going to say. It was like we belonged together. We met in the middle; ‘collaboration’ is the perfect word. We’d met years ago when they had a listening party in New York for their second album, and we got together for a chat. It’s something we’ve talked about for a long time. We’ve respected each other endlessly. It’s a close relationship that’s a lot deeper than just music: respect, admiration, friendships just separated by one degree.”

With both Avicii’s and Daft Punk’s albums due out, 2013 is going to be another banner year for Nile Rodgers. “Because of my level of musical knowledge, I can fit in with the New York Philharmonic as well as Basement Jaxx,” he said. “It’s just music.”

At almost 75-minutes long, Random Access Memories clocks in at longer than Homework, Discovery and most recent effort Human After All. More time for those disco jams, then…