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David Grellier is a busy man, juggling several projects at once. Of these, the French musician is probably best known for his work under the College name, particularly after "A Real Hero" featured in the 2011 movie Drive, receiving some success as a result.

That was a while ago now, and College has continued to put out records in the intervening years. Shanghai is the latest, a collection of short instrumental tracks (most barely scratch two minutes, and a couple don't even last that long) that wouldn't sound out of place in a movie.

It feels like Grellier is channeling a subdued Vangelis and a more focused Tangerine Dream as he rolls through 15 pieces, only one of which ("Love Peas") features a vocalist. Although the short length allows little space for the music to develop, there's something soothing about the soundscape Grellier creates. Each track segues smoothly into the next, building a subtly involving experience. Close your eyes and you could almost imagine the slick, ice cold movie this might score. (

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May 20th 2017

Been following College for the past 10 years, never get tired of them!