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College - Heritage

by Paul Downey Rating:9 Release Date:2013-09-30

Fresh from his exploits on the soundtrack of the Ryan Gosling-starring Drive, David Grellier aka College is back with his third full album under this moniker. Apparently electro music isn't cool any more but no one told Grellier that, as Heritage sounds like something straight out of an 80s science fiction yarn, and is all the better for it. The beats are slick and the tunes are hypnotic at their best. You really get a feel that this is a man on top of his game.

'Revelation' is an undoubted highlight, with its slick synth-beats so simple yet so memorable - you will be humming it for days after. As with many electronic albums there are introspective moments, with 'Une Ville Silencieuse' probably as close to a ballad as you will find on here.

Opener 'Heritage' is kept firmly on the leash, with only teasers of what is to come, although second track 'Depart' is an unfortunate disappointment. Closer 'Nouveau Chapitre' is New Order doing the soundtrack to The Terminator, with its 80s influences smeared across every piece of its works for all to hear.

'Piege', meanwhile, is short but never really takes off in the way many of the other songs do on here, and seems akin to a horror movie theme. 'Tempete Magnetique' keeps things flowing nicely with brooding bassline which Kraftwerk would be proud of, pounding with real intent throughout its five minutes or so.

You feel with the right lyrics to some of these excellent compositions that Heritage' could be a mainstream hit. We can only hope that this is the start for College and not the last we will hear of him. The reason we are being asked to listen is because of College's contribution to Drive, but clearly on the evidence of Heritage there is plenty more here for us all to enjoy, even if it's not cool.

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