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Cassius
Cassius
Since 1988, the year they first met in a recording studio, Philippe Zdar and Hubert BoomBass have never stopped occupying the dancefloors and utilising the concept of French Touch on any occasion, which put France back on the music world stage in the middle of the 90’s.

After having acquired experience by producing the first four albums of the French rapper MC Solaar, the duo was spotted by James Lavelle from the subliminal label: Mo’ Wax. With La Funk Mob, a crazy mental journey with hip-hop roots, Philippe and Hubert let their split-shaped influences infuse: funk, disco, rock and obviously rap music.

However, with the house and techno music boom, the beginning of the French Touch, the first rave parties, the development of club culture and the DJs newly seen as stars, the duo decided to drop La Funk Mob for Cassius (in tribute to their hero, Cassius Clay). This new name brought them closer to the core of music: the dancefloor, where they let their science of mixing express itself with house beats, disco samples, funky groove, hip-hop references but also sweet Californian pop from the 70’s.

Fifteen years, four albums (“1999” (in reference to their idol Prince), “Au Rêve”, “15 Again” and “Rawkers” which records their arrival in Ed Banger label) and a succession of hits later (“Foxxy”, “The Sounds of Violence”, “Toop Toop”, “Eye Water”, “I Love You So”…) Cassius’ formula has not changed: diabolically funky house music able to do splits between Ibiza, Berlin, New York and California, to venture into minimal techno or Balearic sounds, R’n’B or sung pop music, but that also remembers the golden age of disco music…

Nonetheless, Cassius has surprisingly stayed very loyal to the spirit of house music by refusing easy fame and following the commercial dance trend or to become DJs performing in huge stadiums. Instead, they selected their DJ sessions or performances very carefully, from small clubs that mattered, to festivals which were landmarks on the map of dance music.

Hubert and Philippe took also this opportunity to work on a succession of projects on their own and as a duo, and to increase their musical network. By creating his fabulous recording studio, Motorbass Recording, right in the middle of Pigalle, Zdar established himself as a most requested producer via his involvement in Phoenix’s “Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart” but also his participation in The Beastie Boys, Cat Power, Jackson, Chromeo or Kindness’ albums.

After “Ibifornia”, a double-sided album which gathers their crew of friends (Pharrell, Cat Power, Mike D from Beastie Boys, M…) that came out in 2016, Cassius is coming back with a brand new album in 2019.
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