Made famous globally by the inclusion of his track 'Real Hero' on modern cult classic Drive, French producer David Grellier (aka College) is set to woo us once more with upcoming third LP, entitled Heritage. The project originally came about as a method to put his childhood into a sonic tapestry; he utilised various aspects of 80s pop culture from the USA, including: "Colour, images, silvery films and the sun - images of Los Angeles, Chicago and all of the other cities that..." in order to conjure the images he had of his youth.

He's undoubtedly resurrected memories of the 80s for anyone lucky enough to have lived through them. His new wave synth leads, crunchy reverb-laced beats and shimmering gloss echo the style of synthpop that has become synonymous with the age of shoulder pads, and you grasp faint hints of things like Duran Duran or Madonna. There's also a strong link to fellow French producer, Anthony Gonzalez - who's far more famous as his alter-ego, M83. They both deal in electronica with pangs of dance-pop, which is simultaneously thought-provoking and bound for pulsing discos; there's a heavyset emotion that infects every element of the two acts, allowing for a deeper appreciation and not just a superficiality that can be present in a lot of dance music. Although College does bear a resemblance to M83, Grellier veers away from out-and-out pop that Gonzalez has implemented, instead focusing on robotic soundscapes and cinematic compositions.

'Frontiere' features stark, icy stabs of banshee-esque synth. Vibrating bass and twinkling pads murmur underneath the prime riffs, creating an unease and tension - the higher-register keys jar to the point they sound like they're shrieking and trying to escape from the confines of the album. 'Le Choix' bounces with sparse instrumentation - the lush, verdant textures Grellier has a knack for cultivating are slow to emerge, and only when the chiptune harmonies creep into focus do we feel immersed in the noise. It's a cut destined for shadowy metropolis alleys and the 4am stumble into oblivion.

Grellier has been forthcoming about his inspirations for the record: "When I was a child I drew a lot, feeding my imagination with cartoons and collections of illustrations borrowed from the library... with this album, I wanted to pay tribute to those wonderful artists that include, among others, René Laloux, Jean Chalopin, Bernard Deyriès, Shuki Levy and obviously Moebius." It's easy to see a childlike wonder in some tracks, like 'Les Automates'. Sci-fi has also been a prevalent influence, which is easy to see - the efforts he's compiled on Heritage evoke visions of faraway galaxies burning bright, futuristic utopias with flying cars and robot butlers and of the anxious excitement of space exploration. He manages to lay out humanity's expectation of life past the horizon within a shot 40 minutes.

'Tempete Magnetique' bubbles darkly. Rampaging beats whisk away any languid notions and force kinetic action; it's a demanding drum machine causing this, which marches incessantly with a locomotive rhythm that incites grooving. Perhaps Ed Banger et al. have made a mark on Grellier's art, as there's almost the beginnings of a French house belter; as it is, it's too skeletal and synthetic, the beats are too standard and there's a distinct lack of funk, but there are still similarities lurking within. 'Noveau Chapitre' again recalls science fiction - and in the bass, his own hit, 'Real Hero' - with celestial synths and the meteoric kick drum. Astral harmonies sparkle in the background as if the aural representation of a night sky.

Grellier's third outing will be a grower. Once you're past the first track, it takes a few listens for the rest of the album to remove itself from a homogeneous blob, and you can begin to truly appreciate the tracks individually. On first listen, it's difficult to tell where one track ends and another begins - the pace tends to be similar throughout - but as previously mentioned, you will find a way to separate them eventually, which is when the album reveals its glimmering colours. It might take a while to persevere and untangle the knots, but it's well worth it in the end.