Listen: Daft Punk and The Weeknd's Long-Awaited Collab, "Starboy"

"Starboy" sounds a lot like a track by The Weeknd with only a hint of Daft Punk's influence
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"Starboy" sounds a lot like a track by The Weeknd with only a hint of Daft Punk's influence
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Well how about that, we were just talking about this the other day. Daft Punk and The Weeknd have finally released the single that they teased a month ago, but if we had to be honest, the French duo's influence seems unexpectedly absent from the collaboration.

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The arrangement of "Starboy" is built upon the same radio-friendly sort of groove as The Weeknd songs like "Can't Feel My Face" and "Often." The only discernible hallmark of Daft Punk's sound is a distorted background vocal refrain, which comes as a surprise considering how selective they are about which projects they take on.

In the case of The Weeknd's Disclosure collaboration, "Nocturnal," for instance, the Surrey, England duo had exerted enough of their own flavor on the track for it to work well within the context of their own discography. For the iconic role Daft Punk has played in electronic music history, we would like for their role in a song to be greater than their name being on the listing as a marketing strategy.

In regards to their upcoming album, Daft Punk have yet to reveal a title, release date or any other information. It's been in the works for well over a year at this point - but for the time they typically devote to each studio-length efforts, it could still feasibly arrive sometime next year or the one after.