Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo has contributed new music to Gates Of The Sun (Algérie pour toujours), an Algerian movie directed by Jean-Marc Minéo (Femme Fatale, Rape Me,Handicap), hitting theaters in France on March 18. The 90-minute political thriller, which co-stars Mike Tyson as himself (!), is about an Algerian secret agent who has to destroy an undercover paramilitary organization that plans to strike against the country and its people.
De Homem-Christo wrote the music for the film with Eric Chedeville, with whom he co-founded the record label Crydamoure and released numerous tracks in the late ’90s and early ’00s under the guise Le Knight Club.
According to an interview with Chedeville in French culture magazine Les Inrocks: “Guy-Man has made music in this film. Initially it had to be for a fight scene with Mike Tyson, but now it’s the final scene inside a club. It should not exceed two minutes, I think. At least 80% of the soundtrack was made by the two composers Matteodo Patrick and Jean-Jacques Ipino.”
Chedeville added: “And the piece will not be signed ‘Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo’ but ‘Knight Club’, the nickname that we used at the time for Crydamoure. The director is a friend of Guy-Man, and he wanted to give him a hand.”
No word yet on when the movie will receive a wider commercial release or if a soundtrack will be made available. The film’s trailer (below) is filled with action, including intense fight scenes and plenty of guns and violence.
Here’s a holiday gift to consider for the DJ/vinyl aficionado in your life: Daft Punk’s two live albums, Alive 1997 and Alive 2007, will be released by Rhino Records for the first time on double vinyl on December 23, 2014. Concurrently, the French duo will issue a sprawling limited edition box set featuring the following:
2 solid white vinyls, plus a vinyl bonus (Side A: the show’s encore (human after all / together / one more time (reprise) / music sounds better with you) /Side B: ‘ALIVE 2007’ pyramid logo etched), a 52 page book (pictures taken during the shows), a slipmat and a download card. A silver vinyl edition of Daft Punk’s first live album, ‘ALIVE 1997’, will accompany them.
A quick scan of Amazon reveals the box set is selling for $119.99. Not cheap, but definitely within reach for anyone who calls themselves a Daft Punk collector.
In one of the most unexpected resurgences ever, disco legend Giorgio Moroder, whose career has enjoyed a second act in the last two years thanks to his appearance on Daft Punk’s “Giorgio By Moroder” and his debut DJ set at Brooklyn’s Output, is coming back full force with his first album of new material in over three decades. Having signed to Sony Music/RCA, Moroder’s upcoming album will feature vocal appearances from Charli XCX, Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears, Sia and more.
In celebration of the announcement, Moroder, who blazed trails producing Donna Summer in the ’70s. has released a future-retro animated video for one of the songs on the record – the perfectly titled “74 is the New 24.” The song is classic Moroder with smothering synths, crystal piano breakdowns and a robotic vocoder dropping in for the song’s chorus.
One thing that is remarkable about the new track, as well as “Giorgio’s Theme” which Moroder released in the summer, is the overall vitality and seamlessness of it, sounding simultaneously fitting of his most famous work, while sounding not out of place in today’s landscape. In his press release, Moroder speaks about the timelessness of his platform. “Dance music doesn’t care where you live,” he says. “It doesn’t care who your friends are. It doesn’t care how much money you make. It doesn’t care if your 74 or if you are 24 because… 74 is the new 24!”
The new album is currently untitled, but “74 is the New 24” is such a fantastic title, that should really be it. Watch the video via The Creators Project.
BBC Worldwide Productions France has announced it will produce a documentary about robot-obsessed French dance duo Daft Punk. The film is the first commission for BBC Worldwide from Canal+ and will air in 2015. The filmmakers say the flick will provide an overview of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo 20-year career making music and their rise to global superstardom. No word yet on which artists will be interviewed or if Daft Punk will participate in the release. The documentary is written and directed by Hervé Martin Delpierre and co-written by Marina Rozenman. It will be produced by Jean-Louis Blot, Head of BBC Worldwide Productions France and Patrice Gellé, Executive Producer Documentaries.
If you’re wondering about the team’s background producing documentaries about DJs and musicians, well, relax. “Since launching five years ago, BBC Worldwide France has developed a number of successful shows including Dancing with the Stars with TF1, The Great Bake Off with M6, Antiques RoadShow with France 2 and the series of investigative documentaries Harry Roselmack en Immersion with TF1.”
So it looks like boys who are still riding high with Random Access Memories are in good hands!
Obligatory press release gush from: Jean Louis Blot, Director, BBC Worldwide Productions France: “We are proud to announce our first commission with Canal+ Group on such an original and creative film. BBC Worldwide France stands as a major French producer of documentaries with stunning production values and universal appeal.”
Obligatory press release gush from: Patrice Gellé, Executive Producer Documentaries, BBC Worldwide Productions France, said: “We are happy to produce the first independent movie on the iconic group Daft Punk driven by the creative ambition of BBC Worldwide’s artistic team and the funds of significant international partners.”