Philippe Zdar of French Home Duo Cassius Dies at 50
Philippe Zdar, a founding member of French home music duo Cassius, has reportedly died in an accident in Paris. He was 50.
“He made an unintended fall, by the window of a excessive ground of a Parisian constructing,” his agent Sebastien Farran informed the BBC and AFP, although no different particulars surrounding his dying have been introduced.
Lively because the ‘80s, Zdar (borne Philippe Cerboneschi) linked up with Hubert Blanc-Francard (aka Increase Bass) in 1994, initially producing hip-hop below the La Funk Mob monkier. Two years later, they discovered their groove with home music, stumble on the title Cassius and emerged out of a scene which propelled Daft Punk and AIR into the worldwide highlight.
Zdar, who grew up within the south of France and shaped an early love of jazz, additionally created Motorbass with Etienne De Crécy, a collaboration that labored with the elite of the so-called “French contact” motion, from Alex Gopher to DJ Mehdi, and naturally Daft Punk and Air. Motorbass additionally launched the acclaimed 1996 album Pansoul, which they launched by the Motorbass. At this time, it’s acknowledged as a landmark recording within the French home style.
Cassius’ debut album 1999 was launched in that yr by Virgin, peaking at No. 28 within the U.Okay. The title observe reached No. 7 on the U.Okay. singles survey, one in every of 5 Cassius works to affect the chart. Their 2002 tune “The Sound of Violence” with Steve Edwards hit No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Membership Songs chart.
The duo had been in-demand producers, working with the likes of Phoenix, MC Solaar and others, and their most up-to-date Cassius artist album, 2016’s Ibifornia, featured assists from Ryan Tedder, Beastie Boy Mike D, Cat Energy, Pharrell Williams and extra.
A brand new studio album Dreems was as a consequence of drop this Friday (June 21).
Tributes are pouring in from the dance and digital music communities. Canadian electro-funk duo Chromeo wrote, “RIP to one in every of our dearest associates and musical collaborators.”
Australian act Flight Services tweeted, “Cassius and Zdar laid the groundwork for lots of right now’s dance music. Massively inspirational.”
And fellow Australian act The Aston Shuffle tweeted, “Shocked & devastated by the information of Philippe Zdar’s passing away, he was liable for a lot wonderful & influential music, really a tragic loss.