2013 is barely a month in and has already seen a number of musical heavyweights return including Justin Timberlake and David Bowie. Now it seems one of music’s biggest electronic dance duos Daft Punk will also be returning.
According to reports, Daft Punk have left EMI and signed with Columbia Records for their much long-awaited and currently untitled fourth studio album. Better yet, French newspaper Le Parisien reports that said album will be released this spring, in line with earlier reports from Chic frontman and Daft Punk collaborator Nile Rodgers that new material from the seminal duo would be released this year. Other musicians that have reportedly contributed to the forthcoming album, the first since 2005’s Human After All include Paul Williams, Giorgio Moroder, Chilly Gonzales and Panda Bear of Animal Collective.
Though there was large speculation that the duo would be headlining at this year’s Coachella festival, many were surprised when they weren’t included on this list of performers at all, allegedly turning down a large sum of money to perform. This news might just explain why they turned the opportunity down.