Jean-Michel Jarre could easily lay claim to a host of titles: the father of EDM, the godfather of ambient – he might even be the original superstar DJ.Without his synthesisers blazing a trail through the 1970s and 1980s, there might never have been dance music as we know it today. Without Jarre performing to more than three million people in Russia in the 1990s, there might never have been Armin van Buuren headlining at du Arena in Abu Dhabi. Without the French composer, there might only be a bunch of possibilities rather than certainties.

It’s been eight years since Jarre recorded new ­material. Now he’s back with 16 tracks gathered together under the banner of Electronica 1: The Time Machine. A sequel, Electronica 2, is expected early next year. Read more