Bon Voyage Zdar— Liam Maloney -
Sad news from our European brethren. Philippe ‘Zdar’ Cerboneschi, part of French house mainstays Cassius, tragically passed away in Paris this week. It comes at an especially unfortunate time with Cassius’ fifth album ‘Dreems’ dropping today, and tonight’s sold out comeback concert at the Olympia having to be scrapped.
For the uninitiated, Zdar’s contribution to musics stretched far beyond his work with his bandmate ‘Boom Bass’ (awful name, you are correct) under the moniker of Cassius. Zdar was responsible for producing some pretty spectacular records for other people, giving life to albums by Cut Copy, Chromeo, The Rapture, Kindness, Franz Ferdinand, and perhaps one of the most well-aged records of the 2000s: ‘Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix’.
Bursting onto the scene with their hit ‘1999’, and following it up with the slinky disco-infused ‘Feeling For You’ and ‘Foxxy’, Cassius’ debut record is arguably slicker, cooler, and much less overplayed than Daft Punk’s comparable ‘Homework’. Since then, 3 more albums in varying degrees of success and comprehension (their last record Ibifornia featuring Mike D and Cat Power was frankly indecipherable). And now with Dreems, Zdar’s swansong. The three leader singles are all wonderful, especially ‘Calliope’ which sounds like everything that has been missing from every Chemical Bros record for the past 15 years.
So light up a Gauloises, raise a glass of beaujolais nouveau, and enjoy our top 20 tracks from Zdar and Cassius.
Bon voyage, Philippe.