Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel first met while studying at the same college - Dunckel was originally part of the band Orange when Godin joined the lineup. When Alex Gopher left the group in 1995, Dunckel and Godin formed Air, releasing singles over the next couple of years on the Mo' Wax and Source record labels. Their debut album Moon Safari was released in January 1998, which hit Number 6 in the UK album charts and is now considered a classic in the ambient genre, thanks to singles such as Sexy Boy, Kelly Watch The Stars! and All I Need. The group went on to pen the soundtrack to Sofia Coppola's film Virgin Suicides in 2000, their second studio album (the altogether more experimental offering) 10,000 Hz Legend released in 2001 had a mixed reception from critics but the 2004 release of the more familiar Talkie Walkie saw them back on form. The pair continued to collaborate with a range of artists, such as Jarvis Cocker and Neil Hannon, and in 2006, Dunckel embarked on a solo project under the name Darkel releasing an album of the same name during the year. Air's fourth studio album Pocket Symphony was released at the start of 2007, they embarked on an album tour the following year and in 2009 they released their first self-produced album with Love 2.