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    Black Strobe

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    Black Strobe, formed in Paris in 1997 by producer Arnaud Rebotini and DJ Ivan Smagghe, was instrumental in the rise of the electroclash movement in the UK with their breakthrough single "Me And Madonna". Originally producing in the house genre, they later became more influenced by music from the 1970s and 1980s, especially industrial post punk and camp, European electronic body music (or EBM). However, they describe their dark electrosound as "frozen balearic gay biker house". They are heavily influenced by such bands as Cabaret Voltaire, Nitzer Ebb, Front 242 and Depeche Mode.
    They members are much sought after as remixers, and worked with such diverse artists as Röyksopp, Nitzer Ebb, Rammstein, The Rapture and Tiefschwarz.
    Ivan Smagghe left in 2006 as Black Strobe expanded to a four-piece live band, with members David "Siskid" Shaw (guitar), Bastien Burger (bass and keyboard) and Benjamin Beaulieu (drums) joining Rebotini on vocals. Smagghe was contributing lyrics before his departure. They released their debut album Burn Your Own Church in 2007.
    Two songs from this album are of some significance. "I'm A Man", was included in the film and soundtrack of Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla and also the French film Le Mac (2009) by Pascal Bourdiaux. "I'm A Man" was also copied without permission and used in the Bollywood flick Once Upon A Time In Mumbai (2010). "Shining Bright Star" was featured in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood multiplayer launch trailer.
    In 2009, after continuing to remix other music artists' tracks, Black Strobe released the EP Back From Beyond (Supersoul Recordings), which was accompanied in early 2010 by a video directed by Laurent Chanez, whom the group had met in 2004 through the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM).

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