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Video: JB Dunckel – Love Machine

Video: JB Dunckel – Transhumanity

Video: JB Dunckel – Hold On

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JB Dunckel from AIR will release his new album H+ on March 16. H+ is now available for pre-order and includes first single “Hold On” which lush and futuristic video directed by French creative studio Akatre.

Dunckel is back in the guise of an augmented man with H+, an exceptionally futuristic and optimistic, contemporary sound odyssey. A little over ten years after his first solo album, Darkel(2006) — and following his 2013 collaboration with Lou Hayter (Tomorrow’s World) and 2015 album with Barði Jóhannsson, Starwalker — H+ sets the tone with an album cover by French design studio Akatre depicting the artist in a utopian landscape.

H+ represents a positively charged hydrogen ion, known as a proton; it is also the symbol of transhumanism. Indeed, after having alternated solo albums (using his Darkel alias) with Air projects, “in order,” said Dunckel, “to avoid being soluble in Air, for Air was white and Darkel is, well, dark,” he set his sights on recapturing the entirety of his being. “I use the sound experiences of Air; I just extend my Air sound in a solo setting. I don’t renounce the past, in fact I exploit it quite openly,” the artist recently explained. Though the success of Air continues unabated, with frequent tours, the duo hasn’t produced any new music in five years.

Scoring film soundtracks — Fabrice Gobert’s K.O. (2017), Olivier Babinet’s Swagger, and Alanté Kavaïté’s Summer (both from 2015) — apparently confirmed Dunckel’s exponential taste for loads of violins and improvisation in the studio. Many of his songs are based on the barest of piano melodies, and a vocal style that is smoother and freer than ever. Years of singing on tour with Air strengthened his voice; it now has a deeper range and tone, while remaining androgynous. With his favorite synthesizers, the MS20 and the Arp 2600, JB Dunckel spent a lot of time honing this album aboard his private spaceship, a way of thumbing his nose at the wave of dystopias that make mincemeat of all our hopes and dreams, by creating a future in which “romantic transhumanism” reigns, “man never ages, and love is eternal.”

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.