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AIR – Indian Summer

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As AIR prepare to release their ‘Twentyyears’ best of compilation, they have revealed a rare track, ‘Indian Summer’. Recorded during the ‘Love 2’ album sessions, ‘Indian Summer’ was previously only available on the Japanese 4 x LP edition of ‘Love 2’. Released in January 2010, this was limited to just 1000 physical LPs. The track was not included on the standard version of their album or any digital platform.

Twenty years after their international debut, French multi-platinum selling band Air will release their first anthology album ‘Twentyears’ on June 10th. Air – Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel – have personally selected the core ‘Best Of’ tracklisting. The album features essential selections from the Air discography, including ‘Sexy Boy’, ‘Kelly Watch The Stars’, ‘Playground Love’, ‘Cherry Blossom Girl’ and ‘Le soleil est près de moi’. It also includes studio album tracks from ‘Premiers symptômes’ (1997), ‘Moon Safari’ (1998), ‘The Virgin Suicides’ (2000), ‘10 000 Hz Legend’ (2001), ‘Talkie Walkie’ (2004) and ‘Le voyage dans la Lune’ (2012).

Available on CD and digital formats, the second disc of the collection gathers 14 rare and unreleased tracks. Highlights include ‘Crickets’ and ‘The Way You Look Tonight’ from the ‘Pocket Symphony’ and ‘10 000 Hz Legend’ sessions; ’Adis Abebah’ from the ‘Quartier lointain’ soundtrack; ‘Roger Song’, written for ‘Corman’s World’, a documentary about cult B-movie director Roger Corman; ‘Land Me’, taken from the vinyl-only ‘Music For Museum’ release in 2014; and ‘The Duelist’ which was performed by Charlotte Gainsbourg and Jarvis Cocker during the ‘Pocket Symphony’ recording.

Air will start a new worldwide tour on May 20th. It features UK festival dates at Field Day (June 12th) , Blue Dot (July 23rd) and Secret Garden Party (July 24th).

AIR – TWENTYEARS

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Twenty years after their international debut, French multi-platinum selling band Air will release their first anthology album ‘Twentyears’ on June 10th. Air – Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel – have personally selected the core ‘Best Of’ tracklisting which features on all of the album’s various formats.

‘Twentyears’ will initially be available on double CD, double LP and digital formats. A limited and numbered Super Deluxe Edition will follow on July 22nd. It compiles the original format’s double CD and double LP with a third CD which features Air’s remixes for legendary artists including David Bowie, Beck, Depeche Mode and Neneh Cherry, as well as an exclusive collector’s poster.

‘Twentyyears’ features essential selections from the Air discography, including ‘Sexy Boy’, ‘Kelly Watch The Stars’, ‘Playground Love’, ‘Cherry Blossom Girl’ and ‘Le soleil est près de moi’. It also includes studio album tracks from ‘Premiers symptômes’ (1997), ‘Moon Safari’ (1998), ‘The Virgin Suicides’ (2000), ‘10 000 Hz Legend’ (2001), ‘Talkie Walkie’ (2004) and ‘Le voyage dans la Lune’ (2012).

Available on CD and digital formats, the second disc of the collection gathers 14 rare and unreleased tracks. Highlights include ‘Crickets’ and ‘The Way You Look Tonight’ from the ‘Pocket Symphony’ and ‘10 000 Hz Legend’ sessions; ’Adis Abebah’ from the ‘Quartier lointain’ soundtrack; ‘Roger Song’, written for ‘Corman’s World’, a documentary about cult B-movie director Roger Corman; ‘Land Me’, taken from the vinyl-only ‘Music For Museum’ release in 2014; and ‘The Duelist’ which was performed by Charlotte Gainsbourg and Jarvis Cocker during the ‘Pocket Symphony’ recording.

Air will start a new worldwide tour on May 20th. It features UK festival dates at Field Day (June 12th) , Blue Dot (July 23rd)and Secret Garden Party (July 24th).

Video: Starwalker – Le President

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Following their excellent 2014’s Losers Can Win EP, Air’s Jean-Benoît Dunckel and Bang Gang’s Bardi Johannsson, aka Starwalker, have shared the video for their new song “Le President”, directed by Luis Vanegas. The track will appear on their forthcoming debut album.

Meanwhile, the other half of Air, Nicolas Godin will release in the U.S. his solo album “Contrepoint” on February 26 2016 via Because Music (official audio here). You can watch Godin perform “Bach Off” at Aéroport Paris Orly as part of a La Blogothèque Take Away Show, below.

Video: AIR’s Nicolas Godin – Orca

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“Orca” is the first track from Nicolas Godin’ debut album “Contrepoint”, due for release later this year on Because Music. Download Orca now : http://po.st/OrcaSingle.

Godin says about the album, “We weren’t surprising ourselves anymore, like other bands after ten years or more. The big challenge for an artist is to have a reason to be, because there are already plenty of records out there. I’d made a statement with Air and I wanted to go back to the classical world, to grow up musically, to renew myself.

Flashback: AIR – Playground Love

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The Virgin Suicides is a score by French music duo Air for the film of the same name by Sofia Coppola. The album was released this week in 2000. Watch the official video for “Playgroud Love” below.

Video: JB Dunckel’s Darkel – The Man of Sorrow (The Summer of Sangaile OST)

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AIR’s JB Dunckel (aka Darkel) has created the music of the film “The Summer of Sangaile” by Alanté Kavaïté. “The Man of Sorrow” is taken from the forthcoming EP “Jus de Feu”. Watch the video below.

Video: Starwalker – Blue Hawaii

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Following the release of their excellent debut EP Losers Can Win earlier this year, Starwalker, aka the duo of Air’s Jean-Benoît Dunckel and Bang Gang’s Bardi Johannsson, return with a new space-pop gem called “Blue Hawaii”, “a song that mixes perfectly the two suns of Starwalker into one galaxy. You want to change the world, but the world will change you.”

Get ‘Blue Hawaii’ here. Video directed by Ragnar Bragason.

Flashback: AIR – All I Need

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Back in November 1998, French duo AIR released “All I Need” as the third single from their excellent “Moon Safari” album. The track features American singer Beth Hirsch and came about in a period when Beth Hirsch and Air members Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel all resided in the French district of Montmartre. The music video for “All I Need” was directed by Mike Mills.