Previously working with the band multiple times, Bangalter first collaborated with them back in 2000 playing the synth on their track 'Embuscade'.
Alongside his Daft Punk partner Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, the duo worked with Phoenix’s guitarist Laurent Brancowitz - aka. Darlin’ - for some time in the early 90s.
The band's frontman, Thomas Mars told Stereogum: “The mixer played an important part on this one, and Thomas [Bangalter] from Daft Punk came a few times to help us out, just to play the role of Philippe, who was this charismatic force that knew who we were and could give us advice because he knows where we want to go, he knows where we come from, he's a friend.
"Thomas played a little bit of the same role. He knows the potential of a song; he knows what a demo could sound like. He would help us choose a little bit."
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This video from an Instagram story posted on Lil Nas X’s account is the first sighting of Bangalter in the studio since Daft Punk split up in February last year.
'Alpha Zulu', which is Phoenix's first studio album since 2017's 'Ti Amo'. Get your hands on the album here and listen to a snippet below.
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