by Richard Hart
Smooth, slick and somewhat insubstantial, Heritage is the latest offering from French ambient dance act College. Two tracks have been released as a sample and both offer something very similar.
The first track, Un Long Someil, is based around a fast, somewhat disco style beat in the background as a soft, gauzy track is woven around it. The beats are fast and the song is nicely produced in a slightly old fashioned style. It wouldn’t have been out of place in the eighties but it doesn’t feel like it’s trying to be an eighties throwback.
The second track is slightly weaker. Depart is faster paced and even more old fashioned. The track begs for a stronger bass line but the whole things feels a bit tinny at times, which is a shame because at its core it’s a strong piece of dance music.
Dance music has been at something of a low ebb but it’s interesting to hear someone try to inject some life into it without offering homage at the “dubstep” altar. This track couldn’t be further from the sort of modern dance track you’d hear in a club. It’s also not another lame Seventies or Eighties throwback, it’s production style was a definite choice but it doesn’t sound like it’s trying to be someone or something you’ve already heard.
For fans of the likes of Air, MGMT and Boards of Canada, this should be an interesting act to check out. For those who like their dance music with more of an edge, this probably will leave them cold.