Working together since 1988, French house music duo Philippe Zdar and Hubert Blanc-Francart (aka Boombass) have been producing for 15 years under the name Cassius. Cassius has been consistently producing and remixing tracks for other artists such as Chromeo and Cut Copy. Ed Banger Records recently released their six-track EP entitled The Rawkers. To sum it up: short but sweet for certain.
The track that really puts the cherry on top of The Rawkers is "I Love You So." I can't get enough of it, and I don't know whether it's the hypnotic lyrical repetition, the blurry female vocals that blare emotion, or the dubstep layered between both. "I Love You So" has also sparked numerous remixes by artists that seem to feel the same way.
Cassius does a great job of balancing something that can sound heavy and passionate with a positive and upbeat vibe. "Arcadine," the final track on The Rawkers is a good example of this, starting off slow and tender then jumping right into an invigorating and funky beat, only to keep teasing us by switching back and forth between the two sensations throughout the track.
It's been a while since we've heard from them, but Cassius seems to be changing up their disco club beats in The Rawkers, incorporating heavier electro-beats and even a track that glitters dubstep. The EP also has a more emotional appeal to go along with the heavier sounds that I think can reach out to listeners better than their past productions.
I'm curious to see what Cassius will pump out next under Ed Banger, and I can only hope that they continue in the direction of The Rawkers. Hell, they could even come out full-blown dubstep. I guess we'll have to stay tuned, but for now, ooh Cassius, I love you so.