Robots, Rebooted

Electro-pop duo Daft Punk's triumphant new record

Sebastian Kim for TIME

Electro-pop duo Daft Punk.

Martha Graham once said, "no artist is ahead of his time. He is his time; it is just that others are behind the time."

Daft Punk, whose new Random Access Memories is one of the most anticipated albums of 2013, have been their time for almost 20 years. Theirs is the sound of a world in which the bounties of the past, present and future have been Tumblr'd together into a stunning data blur. The French electro-dance-pop duo's first album (1997's Homework) defined house music for a generation. Their second album (2001's Discovery) sparked an '80s revival that haunts hip-hop and...

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