Air Celebrates 20th Anniversary With Collection of Hits and Rarities

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It’s official—if you had already reached adulthood by the time Air came on the scene, then you are a creaky old fossil. But don’t worry too much about it, you’re in good company. On June 10, Rhino Records is releasing TWENTYEARS, a double-length anthology celebrating the famed French duo’s 20-year anniversary. Sure, one might quibble with the count, seeing as how Air’s first EP arrived in ’97 and their first single came out in ’95, but what are we, mathematicians or music lovers? The point is, Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel have been bringing their breezy brand of electronic pop to the world for a couple of decades now, and they deserve some serious props at this point.

Disc One of the anthology overflows with fan favorites like “Cherry Blossom Girl,” “Sexy Boy,” “Playground Love,” et al. But the second disc is the one that will turn the heads of the hardcore Air obsessives; it’s full of rare and/or previously unreleased material, including cuts from movie soundtracks, vinyl-only releases, album session outtakes, and more. If you’re into the collectible side of things, you can snap up a limited edition deluxe version of TWENTYEARS on July 22, replete with colored vinyl and a bonus CD of Air remixes of other artists (David Bowie, Depeche Mode, Beck, and more). And if you want to soak up some Air in person, the pair will be prowling around the globe starting on May 20, hitting the Outside Lands and FYF festivals in August along the way. Continue Reading

Download: Vitalic / “No More Sleep”

Vitalic is back with a bang with a rave-tastic techno stormer called “No More Sleep” from his upcoming album, Rave Age, due out October 22. With its blistering tornado of blips and bleeps and relentless groove, the song packs more punch than a six-pack of Red Bull.

Rave Age will feature vocal cameos by Joe Reeves (Shit Disco), Owlle and Rebeka Warrior (Sexy Sushi) and Mickael Karkousse from Belgium electro rockers Goose. Word is that Vitalic’s new release (which was produced by Stephane Alf Briat of Air and Phoenix fame) will be backed by a tour and all-new live show.

In the meantime, go on and bang your head to “No More Sleep.”