Taken from his last album Heritage, Les Automates by Dreamwave originator College was probably the track most reminiscent of his older work on the record. Nostalgic, synthetic, atmospheric sounds. And now available in video form.
Put together by the Valerie crew and Clark Wang, the clip follows three guys journey through a ghost-town dystopian
Révélation is the first track to break ground from Valerie head honcho and Dreamwave/SynthWave pioneer College. Yes, there’s actually a new College album on the way, because y’know, it’s not all about Drive. Heritage is released in April and, a few testers aside, Révélation is out première glimpse of what to expect from the new record.
Révélation definitely has a classic Valerie sound to it. A dreamier side to SynthWave we haven’t seen in a while, the haunting chimes and low rolling pads don;t really crop up in the genre these days where it’s all about driving fast, or whatever. Révélation goes a different route and reminds us what moods SynthWave originally crafted. Nostalgic, but fresh, this track carries you along with it’s pulsating bassline into it’s hazy clouds of ringing melodies. We’re very interested to discover what the album holds.
♫ College – Révélation
College’s Heritage is released 2nd April worldwide, but you can pick up the very limited edition white vinyl right now.
Sometime in the last year the world went Drive crazy. The PR email that landed in our Index for the new release from Valerie head honcho College uses the word ‘Drive’ six times. Which is milking it a bit too much, it’s getting embarrassing. The man known to you an me as the founder of the Valerie collective and one of the originators of the SynthWave scene, and now apparently known to the rest of the world as “Drive star College” (I didn’t know College was Ryan Gosling!), is rereleasing his classic début album Secret Diary alongside the Teenage Color EP .
Both releases will get a vinyl and CD reissue courtesy of Invada Records, the label of the legendary Portishead’s Geoff Barlow. There’s not much point me telling you what it sounds like, I expect everyone who reads this site has probably already got both releases, but of vinyl junkies out there this is a pretty cool opportunity to pick up these tunes on record. Well, worth picking up, ‘cos don;t get us wrong, David Grellier is an amazing artists, one of our favourite producers, we just think it’s time for everyone shut up about a movie released two years ago and get on with some new music. That would be amazing!
♫ College(Feat. Electric Youth) – She Never Came Back
♫ College – The Energy Storm
College’s Secret Diary and Teenage Color are rereleased on coloured vinyl and CD 6th May.
College – Every Single Time Mix = Valerie head honcho David Grellier A.K.A. College whips up a brand new mix with some really surprising, but very welcome elements. Xeno & Oaklander and Hyboid rubbing shoulders with Scratch Massive? Eclectic!
01. Phochos – Glaciers
02. Ian Boddy – Pulse
03. Starcluster – Winter of Ice
04. Mistral – Jamie
05. Young Monday – Zaire
06. Scratch Massive (Feat. Jimmy Somerville) – Take Me There
07. Charles Lindberg N.E.V – Peinlich Peinlich
08. Terminal Twilight – The Lovers
09. Hyboid – Requiem For Hyboid
10. Xeno & Oaklander – Desert Rose
11. Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill
College – License To Dream Mix = Do you sometimes miss the heyday of Valerie? I sure do, not that there isn’t tons of awesome Dreamwave and SynthWave around right now, but in the early days of Valerie there was a certain vibe going on, like this was what we’d all been waiting for. Valerie main man College shows us that things ain’t over yet.
01. Stephen Falken – See The Unseen
02. Ken Scott – Dancer (Single Version)
03. Freak Electrique – Cloud Surfer (reMix)
04. Electrick Dragon – Italian Inspiration
05. College – Blue Camera
06. Maethelvin – Looking For Love
07. Young Monday – A Written Description
08. Yellow Beach Balls – Kissing Tail
09. Smackos – The Age Of Candy Candy
10. Gianni Rossi – Theme From Star Vehicle
11. The Parallax Corporation – Lift Off (Album reMix)
12. Teenage Bad Girl – Keep Up With You (Lifelike reMix)
13. Synergy – Warriors
14. M83 – Midnight City
01 – Shuki Levy – Le Passage Secret
02 – Freak Electrique – Parsec
03 – Felix Da Housecat – Neon Human
04 – Johan Agebjörn & Le Prix (Feat. Lake Heartbeat) – Watch The World Go By (Skatebård reMix)
05 – Bangkok Impact – Missionary On Mars
06 – Exchpoptrue – Lost & Found
07 – Breakbot – Penelope Pitstop
08 – Jam Xpress (Feat Dd) – Gotcha Feelin (Lifelike reMix)
09 – Jakatta – One Fine Day (Cicada reMix)
10 – Michel Rubini – Graham’s Theme
11 – Antilles – You And Me
12 – College – Unreleased
13 – Jean-Michel Jarre – First Rendez-Vous
14 – Stephen Falken – Unreleased
Fear Of Tigers – ‘The Guestlist’ 06/05/2011 = The week Fear Of Tigers’ special guest is Valerie Collective head honcho, and the man behind College, David Grellier and in a fit of insanity Fear Of Tigers invited me back on the show to pick my big tune of the moment, which had to be Ride The Universe’s reMix of Chromeo’s ‘Hot Mess’, alongside the usual best of ElectroPop, Dreamwave and Nu-Disco around.
As you probably know Ben from Fear Of Tigers ran the London marathon a while back to raise money for WSPA (World Society for the Protection of Animals). We’d like to extend our congratulations to Ben for an amazing job, you can read about it in this blog post, and there’s still time to get in with a quick sponsorship if you’re feeling charitable, check out his Just Giving page.
I wanted to quickly share this College track that went up on the Valerie site recently.
It’s Stephen Falken’s reMix of College’s first single ‘Answers’, which has pretty much been the soundtrack to my chilled weekend. It’s an organically evolving synthesizer Dreamwave treat. Not a party tune by any means, but chuck this on your headphones, sitback, and enjoy!