One of my favourite hip hop/ electro DJ’s from France has died… He was only 34. So sad. RIP DJ Mehdi.
Justice are back! This is from their upcoming album, out in October. I’ve been throwing myself into French electro this year a lot, specially Ed Banger stuff. Exciting.
Let it be known that I think French House is one of the best genres of music that I’ve ever let myself listen to. It’s defined so many big moments in my life, and for that I’ll hold it to my heart like the rockers do to the Rolling Stones or the hippies do to Jimmy Hendrix. For me, Daft Punk, Cassius, Justice, Air, DJ Mehdi, etc remind me of what it felt like to be a reckless hot mess stumbling through school and uni. Anyway, one of the newer kids on the block, SebastiAn, has carved a reputation for himself by making dirty funky remixes like this:
His debut album is due to hit shops at the end of the month, and I for one am very excited about it all. This is one of the tracks set to be on the record, and it features ‘it-boy’ of the moment, Mayer Hawthorne. It’s just so sexy (sounds a bit like Prince’s ‘Kiss’ on foreplay), and I feel like in a year’s time this is what pop songs will sound like:
There’s also a track with M.I.A. although I sadly don’t care much for her. But I know her contribution will be amazing. If you love this style of music like I do, check out Ed Banger’s roster of artists (of which SebastiAn belongs to).
Cassius– do you remember them? A really long time ago they released this:
I still remember being at school when it came out, and being too young to go out clubbing I was just so jealous that there were older kids getting drunk in clubs dancing to this. It was followed up with this little lo-stomper:
I would later discover that there’s was nothing ultra cool about clubbing at all. But while this song was out, to me, I just imagined this amazing nightlife where anything was possible. And then Cassius went a bit quiet. They carried on making tunes like this one with Jocelyn Brown:
… but they just weren’t as good as old Cassius. As time went by, so did my memory of Cassius, and how they made me feel so funky as a kid. Then, while trawling through some blogs on Valentine’s night this year, all alone and single, I see one blogger posting this piece of pure Cassius genius on their page:
… I mean, it’s new, but sounds like something they would have done back in 1999. I don’t hear many new songs these days that make me feel 15 again, but this was definitely one of those tracks. They’ve signed up to the amazing Ed Banger label, home of Justice, Mr Oizo, Uffie, DJ Mehdi and SebastiAn. Their new signing, Breakbot, is pretty fresh. So thank you Cassius for coming back and being spectacular- I feel like an indestructible teen again!