Good Morning Mix: Cassius share final BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix [Stream]

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Earlier this summer, electronic music was collectively stunned by the sudden passing of Philippe “Zdar” Cerboneschi, following a fall in Paris. The veteran Ed Banger duo was set to release their Dreems LP just days after the shocking news, and while dozens of tributes from fellow musicians poured in, the world consumed what would likely be the final album from Cassius. Just before Philippe Zdar’s death, Cassius plugged into BBC Radio 1 for an Essential Mix to accompany the new record.

The two-hour bout features cuts from MK, Hot Natured, Robyn, and Cassius among others. The session, recorded in June, was the group’s fourth Essential Mix, following appearances in 2015, 2010, and 1999.

Stream Cassius’ Essential Mix here.

Cassius release their final album, ‘Dreems’ [Stream]

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Cassius release their final album, ‘Dreems’ [Stream]Cassius Dreems

French house icons, Hubert Blanc-Francard, and the late Philippe Zdar, known to fans as Cassius, have released their fifth and final album in Dreems. The LP features heavy-hitters from across the musical spectrum like Portugal. the Man’s John Gourle and Mike D of Beastie Boys infamy, but ultimately represents more than two decades of musical growth since Cassius’s first releases in 1996.

Dreems isn’t just an hour of new Cassius material, which would be a delight in itself, but it’s an album where songs successfully build on one another, borrowing melodies, instruments and vocal motifs throughout, proving the duo’s attraction to the art of the LP. The album’s most vivid example of this is in how “W18” thematically and musically unfolds into its successor, “Walking on Sunshine.” Other track like “Summer,” the album’s opener, and “Don’t Let Me Be” draw a more refined and generally upbeat picture than 2016’s Ibifornia, while still maintaining much of the latter’s highly-acclaimed funk.

With Dreems being the group’s final release, it’s hard to find a more apt farewell than in the lyrics of the album’s title track.

Never before I had someone like you right by my side
Never before I had someone
Never before I had someone like you right by my side
Never before I had someone

Cassius counterparts react to news of Philippe Zdar’s death

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Cassius counterparts react to news of Philippe Zdar’s deathZdar

Just days before Cassius‘ impending album, Dreems’ release, one half of the French house duo, Philippe “Zdar” Cerboneschi suffered a deadly fall from a Parisian high-rise. An innovative and catalytic force in the French, acid, and nu-disco house spheres, Zdar’s death incited a more-than-audible outcry of grief from his musical counterparts both within the electronic realm and beyond. His production work varied vigorously, including studio work for Phoenix, Beastie Boys, Hot Chip, and France’s MC Solaar, as well as Cassius originals under Ed Banger, helping mold the French Touch movement of the late 1990s and early 2000s. He was 50 years old.

Collaborators and fans of Cassius react to news of Philippe Zdar’s death

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Collaborators and fans of Cassius react to news of Philippe Zdar’s deathCassius

Just days before Cassius‘ impending album, Dreems’ release, one half of the French house duo, Philippe “Zdar” Cerboneschi suffered a deadly fall from a Parisian high-rise. An innovative and catalytic force in the French, acid, and nu-disco house spheres, Zdar’s death incited a more-than-audible outcry of grief from his musical counterparts both within the electronic realm and beyond. His production work varied vigorously, including studio work for Phoenix, Beastie Boys, Hot Chip, and France’s MC Solaar, as well as Cassius originals under Ed Banger, helping mold the French Touch movement of the late 1990s and early 2000s. He was 50 years old.

Cassius member Philippe ‘Zdar’ Cerboneschi has passed away

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Cassius member Philippe ‘Zdar’ Cerboneschi has passed awayCassius

The French electro scene lost one of its most highly regarded members on Wednesday night. Cassius member Philippe “Zdar” Cerboneschi “fell accidentally out the window of a high rise building,” told the pair’s representative to the AFP (Associated French Press). No further details have been disclosed.

Condolences have started trickling in, with A-trak and Chromeo taking to Twitter to express their sadness. “Music lost a genius tonight,” quoted M. Farran in a statement to press. Cerboneschi was 50 years old.

Cassius are one of France’s earliest composers and purveyors of the disctinctive electro style that led to their country’s dominance in the music market. Regulars on Ed Banger and beyond, and remixers for the likes of Daft Punk, Björk, and Depeche Mode, the duo have made an unforgettable mark in dance music history over their two decades of existence. Cerboneshi has also produced for Phoenix, Cat Powers, and other notable crossover acts.

The duo had a new album due on June 21, Dreems. Word remains as to whether or not it will release on schedule after this event.

This story is still developing.

H/T: Le Monde

A-Trak releases intimate, making-of music video for ‘DJs Gotta Dance More’

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A-Trak releases intimate, making-of music video for ‘DJs Gotta Dance More’A TRAK NWM 11.1

A-Trak has released an intimate music video for his single, “DJs Gotta Dance More,” featuring his co-producer Cory Enemy and New York DJ icon, Todd Terry, in the booth. The esteemed DJ wanted a behind-the-scenes look, reflecting the production process at its most authentic. In a dimly lit room, the instruments shine and the groove is felt enough for Terry to get into the booth, remaking the entire song in one take.

The song has an old-school ambiance, telling the story of real DJs in the ’80s and their transformation from music lover into a culture curator. The Fools Gold label boss said in a press release, “I released ‘DJs Gotta Dance More’ over the summer. It’s very dear to me, because it talks about all the rituals and experiences you go through when you learn how to produce music: digging for samples, discovering influences, and convincing your parents to let you make noise at the house. Getting Todd Terry to speak on the record was a blessing: he represents a New York state of mind, and a kinship between hip hop and house, which is a huge part of my identity.”

Lauren Sick was the director for the project, racking up previous credits for Vampire Weekend, El-P, and Chromeo. In addition to the music video, A-Trak released two remixes of “DJs Gotta Dance More” by Cassius and Illyus & Barrientos.

Photo credit: Spencer Flohr