De Luca flies solo to release Aeroplane's debut album

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The remixers, Aeroplane, are well known for their chirpy nu-disco or Balearic remixes of Friendly Fires ("Paris"), Grace Jones ("Williams' Blood"), Robbie Williams ("Bodies") – now even a new and still unreleased recorded remix of George Michael ("Faith").

These 1980s-inspired electronica remixes serve not just as a tribute to the original song, but are usually an attempt to improve it. "I don't really want to remix all the songs I adore. I like them as they are," says Aeroplane's Vito de Luca. "I tried to remix Late Of The Pier's "Best In The Class" – but I had to give up. My remix was far from being as good as the original."

Aeroplane was the brainchild of the Italian-Belgian duo De Luca, a classically- trained pianist, and the guitarist and Stephen Fasano, a DJ, who after about three years decided to spilt up in June.

Now De Luca is flying solo to release Aeroplane's debut album, We Can't Fly, full of his own brand new material, as well as the uplifting second single "Superstar" next month. Things really took off for De Luca when his first single, "We Can't Fly", released in July, was play-listed immediately at Radio 1. Having always been inspired by the synthesizer mastermind Giorgio Moroder, best known for scoring the music to Midnight Express and Scarface, De Luca has now even got Moroder on board recording vocals with Aeroplane for future projects. De Luca is DJing all over the world this summer – including numerous slots in Ibiza – and he plans to tour the UK with a full live band soon.

"Superstar" is out 13 September and 'We Can't Fly' is out 27 September, both on Wall of Sound.