Daft Punk, who was responsible for some of the most influential dance pieces of all time, announced his retirement after almost 30 years

In the clip, musicians Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, dressed in their iconic robot costumes, bid each other farewell in the desert, before one of them self-destructs

Formed in Paris in 1993, the group brought the French underground house scene to the charts with hits like One More Time, Da Funk and Around The World

Their debut album, Homework, is considered a milestone in dance music; as they scored worldwide success in 2013 with the retro-disco single Get Lucky, starring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers

The song is taken from their most recent record, Random Access Memories, which won the Grammy for Album of the Year in 2014

Since then, the group has kept a relatively low profile – although they collaborated with R&B star The Weeknd on two tracks, Starboy and I Feel It Coming, in 2016

Known for advertising, musicians were rarely seen in public without their robot headsets and used processed, computerized voices on nearly all of their greatest hits

“We are not artists, we are not models – it wouldn’t be nice for humanity to see our features,” de Homem-Christo told Rolling Stone magazine, “but robots are exciting for people “

Bangalter and de Homem-Christo met at school in Paris and started making music together as a teenager alongside Laurent Brancowicz – later from independent group Phoenix

Originally called Darlin ‘, the trio released insanely basic garage rock songs on a British compilation album, Shimmies In Super 8, in 1993

A review by Melody Maker called the music “stupid trash punk” – indirectly naming the band’s second incarnation

Very soon they had given up rock for dance music A subsequent song by Darlin ‘, Untitled 18, sampled David Bowie’s Starman and marked their first experiment with robotic voices.

A year later, they played a tape of their music to Stuart MacMillan, co-founder of Scottish techno label Soma, during a rave at Disneyland Paris There was Daft Punk’s first official song – The New Wave, an uncompromising techno assault on the senses that Soma released in 1994

But it was Da Funk’s infectiously wacky mix of G-funk and acid house that really put them on the map

Initially pressed into a limited run of 2,000 12-inch discs, it was virtually ignored until the Chemical Brothers started playing it in their DJ sets By the end of 1995, it had sold 30,000 copies and was voted song of the year by the French club Soda magazine

A record label bidding war ensued, with the band eventually signing to Virgin Records and releasing Homework – recorded in Bangalter’s bedroom – in 1996

There was something caricature about the group’s early singles that made up for the anonymity of the men behind them.It was an idea reinforced by Michel Gondry’s fascinating video for Around The World, where each instrument is represented by a group of dancers (the skeletons represent the guitar line, the mummies play the drum pattern and the synchronized swimmers are the synths)

It took the band three years to record a follow-up, during which time Bangalter also scored a big hit – Music Sounds Better with You – with their side project Stardust

Discovery, released in 2001, was almost intentionally anti-cool, steeped in references to ’70s disco and’ 80s crooners At one point it even samples Barry Manilow’s sleeping in my bed

But the band chopped, spliced, filtered, and threaded these sounds to create bold new songs, with a sense of fun and spectacle that dance music often lacks If you can listen to the ridiculous guitar arpeggios of ‘Aerodynamic or Crescendolls party chants without a smile they seemed to say, maybe you are the robot

Based entirely on Edwin Birdsong’s Cola Bottle Baby, a forgotten 70s funk track, it adds a simple vocal line (“Work harder, do it better / Do it faster, make us stronger” ) which is more and more twisted and manipulated inventive means until it is barely recognizable as anything other than signal noise

Kanye West then picked up the track and used it as the basis for his own song, Stronger Les Daft Punk were not aware of the sample until they heard it on the radio at Los Angeles

“The DJ did an edit of our song at the start, then it turned into his song,” Homem-Christo told Billboard in 2007

“Our song sounded good, but when he put on Kanye’s record the sound was really fat It sounds really big It’s not a studio collaboration, but the vibe of the music we do separately is related to what he did with the song “

Another four years passed before the release of their third and least essential album, Human After All, after which they wrote the soundtrack for Disney’s sci-fi sequel Tron: Legacy

They got back in shape with 2013’s Random Access Memories – a lush and opulent tribute to the music they grew up with, recorded entirely on live instruments, and with appearances by Nile Rodgers of Chic, the songwriter of The Muppets Paul Williams and disco innovator Giorgio Moroder, who told his own story over nine minutes of interlocking dance grooves

The album, which cost more than a million dollars to make, was preceded by the hit single Get Lucky. Speaking to NPR, Bangalter said the song represented the record’s theme of connecting the past, present and future of dance music

“Maybe it was a child’s dream to one day be able to make music with one of the musicians we really love,” he explained

“So Get Lucky is really about this meeting between Nile [Rodgers] and Pharrell Williams, [who] we’ve been friends with and worked with in the past, but about really teaming up and getting out of our home studio and reaching out to other musicians and performers, making music and having fun in the studio, making music together “

The album took the duo to a whole new audience, but now it also seems to be a full stop in their disco odyssey

The video announcing their separation was based on an excerpt from their 2006 film Electroma

When one of the robot’s bodies disintegrated, a caption appeared that read “1993 – 2021” The clip ended with one of the musicians walking towards the sunset, accompanied by the song Touch , including the choral refrain: “Hold on If love is the answer, you’re home”

Group publicist Kathryn Frazier has given no explanation for the breakup – but fans have flooded social media with tributes

French media monitoring service Visibrain said there were 27 tweets posted every second about the group on Monday afternoon

The separation of #DaftPunk after 28 years of collaboration is having the effect of a bomb on Twitter 💣 There are 162,363 messages published since the announcement, an average of 27 tweets per second! 🕦 photoTwittercom / 4QDNPlJNOt

Producer Erol Alkan wrote: “Respect to Thomas and Guy-Man Adieu”; while Dutch DJ Don Diablo thanked the duo “for inspiring me to make music as a kid”

“As a French producer, it’s hard to describe the huge impact Daft Punk has had on my life, music and career,” added DJ / producer Habstrakt “Thank you for changing forever the landscape of music “

“Daft Punk’s Discovery album was essential to my development” said Maurice Peebles, editor of Complex magazine “[It] opened up an entire universe that I never knew existed forever grateful “

Goodbye LEGENDS thank you for inspiring me to make electronic music as a kid 🤖💔 #DaftPunk #Forever picTwittercom / ZpVsSQMDwa

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