Discovering this song was like having a dream come true. When Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, one of this year’s best albums, was released in May, this song was one of my instant favorites from the album. Legendary French duo Daft Punk and lead singer from American rock band The Strokes decided to blend genres and made a collaboration that is still constantly being played in my library alongside other top tracks from RAM such as “Get Lucky,” “Lose Yourself To Dance” and “Doin’ It Right”. The track features the Strokes’ frontman Julian Casablancas singing over a smooth disco-esque synth melody that only Daft Punk can bring back so flawlessly…and you thought disco was dead.
The music video for “Instant Crush” was released on French TV last week and is now available in full throughout the web. The video was directed by Warren Fu of See Out Loud Productions who is best known for his work in recent Star Wars movies. Daft Arts produced the video, but the band said it was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Steafast Tin Soldier”, a literary fairy tale, and the TV show “The Twilight Zone”. Fu and the rest of the production team created a love story with two wax figures on display in a museum that will melt your heart at the end, literally. Casablancas can be seen in the video singing in a room on a platform similarly to previous RAM videos, alternating with scenes of the museum and the wax figures. Daft Punk makes a brief cameo at the end of the song via their dusty helmets piled in a corner of the warehouse.
Watch the video for “Instant Crush” below and listen to one of my favorite collaborations of the year. The music world needs more artists working together like this!