Daft Punk have released the video for their track 'Instant Crush,' featuring The Strokes singer Julian Calablancas in mannequin form. The video for the latest single to be taken from Random Access Memories features the New Yorker dressed in his recognizable black leather jacket, singing alongside a mannequin version of himself, dressed in Napoleonic clothing. He is singing to a female mannequin. Oh and Daft Punk's famous helmets make an appearance.
Julian Casablancas Performing in Toronto
Daft Punk first met with Casablancas whilst working on the Tron: Legacy soundtrack in 2010, presenting the Strokes man with an instrumental demo track intended for use on a new album. The frontman responded favorably to the demo and provided the accompanying vocals - which would later become Instant Crush.
During an interview with a French publication, Daft Punk spoke of their admiration for Casablancas and the Strokes, saying, "...we love rock and the concept of the rock band, but there were so many strong things that the emergence of a new voice at one point became difficult..It was important to have this album to feel surrounded by our contemporaries."
Instant Crush debuted at No.29 and No.37 on the singles charts of France and Sweden respectively following the release of Random Access Memories. It also entered the U.S Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, at No.16.
Daft Punk's album Random Access Memories peaked at No.1 in 24 countries.