Daft Punk sign new record contract, plan new album

Lovers of pretend-robot French dudes and giants beats, rejoice: Daft Punk are back.

Details are currently sketchy, but the duo has reportedly signed a deal with Columbia Records (they previously released music via EMI), and have a new album is in the works, which we’ll likely lay ears on it before 2013 is over.

And if we’re lucky, we’ll get a proper tour from what is, undoubtedly the best live act in electronic music.

Daft Punk—Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo to their mothers—have been gone for a minute. They haven’t released a proper album since 2005′s critically-belovedHuman After All which featured two big singles in “Robot Rock” and “Technologic”).

They have put out a few releases since then (a live album here, the soundtrack t Tron: Legacy here), but it’ll be nice to get back to the spirit of turn-of-the-century phenomena like“One More Time,”“Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger,”“Da Funk,” n “Around the World.”(Though in their defense “Derezzed” as pretty boss.)

What do you hope new Daft Punk music sounds like? Who do you hope they collaborate with, if anybody? Should they cash i that Kanye West favor?