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!
OK, I know they both look cacky online- but that’s why they’re so great! In the real world where you buy real CD’s from real record shops, both of these albums are so special when you remove the plastic rappers. Uffie’s album comes packed in a denim pocket- with a working button and stitching and her logo screen-printed on and everything.
And Robyn’s new album could pass off as a pirate copy of an original album- yep, she made her own album look like someone copied it and sold it to you at the back-end of a dodgy street at 3am, as you do. The CD itself has Robyn’s logo written in marker pen on a blank CD interface, and the sleeves look like the ones you get when you buy those multipack empty CD’s from PC World. Even the case looks cheap.
Don’t forget to support your record stores folks!