Secret Diary [VINYL]
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The continuing success of the 'Drive' soundtrack still registering healthy sales almost two years on from the film's release is due in no small part to French electronica artist College, whose track 'A Real Hero' (featuring Electric Youth) was selected as the main theme to the film by director Nicolas Winding Refn. With over 13million views on College's YouTube channel alone, 'A Real Hero' has proved to have a life beyond the film. Now Invada Records, the label behind the hit vinyl edition of 'Drive', have released College's debut album, 'Secret Diary', and debut EP 'Teenage Color', on physical formats for the first time. Fans of the 'Drive' soundtrack, John Carpenter, Daft Punk, Geoff Barrow's DROKK project and other analogue-synth heads will find something to love on these beautifully atmospheric records. College is the alias of David Grellier, originally from Nantes, who as well as recording as College runs the influential Valerie label, renowned for it's retro-futurist blend of inspired electro. Grellier is influenced by American 80s pop culture, and "80s soaps and an aesthetic which I particularly like: colour, images, silvery films and the sun images of Los Angeles, Chicago and all other cities that continue to fascinate me."
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Let me reassure you, there are no good tracks on this album at all and it defies logic that College had anything to do with A Real Hero since it is significantly superior to any track on this album.
I really wanted to like this album and was looking forward to hearing it but after a dozen or so listens I am just astounded at how bad it is. All the tracks are just so dull. It is such a shame and such a disappointment.
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This is beautiful mesmerizing melodic synth beats that take you where no man has gone before. Love this album - like John Carpenter, Kraftwerk, valerie, and experimental music of Klaus Schulze, Harmonia, Mike Old field, Tuxedo Moon, and other new french electronica. Also reminds me of Johnny jewels label ' Italians do it better'. in this case it is the French.
Buy it and support them. The driving song 'a real hero' was featured in the film 'Drive'. their EP Teenage color is brilliant.