Jean Michel Jarre - Essentials / Rarities

Matching the German men machines
Jean Michel Jarre - Essentials / Rarities
JMJ never achieved the hip cultural cachet of his peers Kraftwerk. New Age tendencies and overindulgent son-et-lumières rendered him the electro equivalent of the Gypsy Kings. But this collection goes to show he was nonetheless a major pioneer in the electronic field, even if history has rusted his wings. Pretty much anyone who’s ever been near a synthesiser - from Aphex to Justice - has been indirectly influenced by his music, and this influence will never now die. The craft and detail poured into tracks like ‘Equinoxe 4’ and of course the legendary ’Oxygene 4’ match and even surpass the German men machines. Let the brave approach.

7/10

Words by CHARLIE FRAME

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