Each Friday, Pop Shop will showcase a handful of tracks that have been burning up its speakers over the past week. These can include a brand-new song or a track that's been simmering for a minute; the only rule is that it's worth space in the Pop Shop!
DAFT PUNK FEAT. PHARRELL
"Get Lucky" (4:07)
“Get Lucky,” already Daft Punk’s biggest hit in its 16-year-plus career, has all the elements of a timeless, if overly familiar, dance track. Featuring soulful vocals from Pharrell and signature guitar licks from co-writer Nile Rodgers, the disco-fied “Get Lucky” is the most human-sounding song from a duo synonymous with robot helmets. It’s also deeply indebted to Michael Jackson, from the use of "Thriller’s" iconic cursive font on the covers for both the single and upcoming "Random Access Memories" album, to the mash-ups already wildly circulating online mashing Pharrell’s sped-up vocals with classic MJ ad libs. Even if the track becomes a little tedious in its four-minute radio edit, its instant success signifies its early contention for song of the summer. - ANDREW HAMPP