Black Strobe

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Black Strobe
Arnaud Rebotini, the band's frontman, performing in 2013
Arnaud Rebotini, the band's frontman, performing in 2013
Background information
OriginParis, France
Years active1997–present
  • Black Strobe
  • Playlouder
  • Output
  • Supersoul
Past members

Black Strobe (sometimes Blackstrobe) is an electroclash group formed in Paris in 1997 by producer Arnaud Rebotini and DJ Ivan Smagghe. They were 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 European electronic body music. They describe their sound as "frozen balearic gay biker house".[1] They are heavily influenced by acts such as Cabaret Voltaire, Nitzer Ebb, Front 242, and Depeche Mode.

The group's members are in high demand 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 Burn Your Own Church have appeared in other forms of media. "I'm A Man" appeared in the 2008 film RocknRolla, the 2009 film Le Mac, and the second episode of the AMC series The Walking Dead. It was also copied without permission and used in the 2010 Bollywood film Once Upon a Time in Mumbai. "Shining Bright Star" was featured in the Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood multiplayer launch trailer. In 2013, their track "Boogie in Zero Gravity" was featured on Radio Mirror Park in Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto V.

In 2009, after remixing other music artists' tracks, Black Strobe released the EP Back From Beyond, 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).



  • Paris Acid City (Source Records 1997)[2]
  • Innerstrings (Output Recordings 2000)
  • Me And Madonna (Output Recordings 2002)
  • Italian Fireflies (Kitsuné Music 2003)
  • Deceive/Play (Blackstrobe Records 2005)
  • Last Dub On Earth (Crosstown Rebels 2006)
  • Black Metal (Playlouderecordings 2007)
  • I'm A Man (Playlouderecordings 2007)
  • Shining Bright Star (Playlouderecordings 2007)
  • Blood Shot Eyes (Playlouderecordings 2013)

EPs and studio albums[edit]

  • Chemical Sweet Girl EP (Output Records 2004)
  • Shining Bright Star EP (Playlouderecordings 2006)
  • Me & Madonna EP (Kitsune 2010)