Cassius – ’99 (Remixes) review

With “Youth, Speed, Trouble, Cigarettes” proving to be one of last year’s most ubiquitous tunes, it’s clear Cassius’ long career is still on the grow. The duo of producers – AKA Hubert “Boom Bass” Blanc-Francard and Philippe “Zdar” Cerboneschi – who also go by their equally pivotal La Funk Mob alias re-release the tune that first broke Cassius into the mainstream, complete with a pair of great mixes.

Thankfully, the Donna Summer-sampling original still sounds great in 2010 – the jumbled up beats and classic French house filters still sound fresh as a daisy, as well as more than a bit copied over the years. Tim Green steps up and gives it a slightly deeper sheen, working up the vocals into an exciting drop and filling out the beat with extra percussion. A producer on the rise, this mix sits nicely alongside his mixes for Claude Von Stroke and his releases on Sven Vath’s Cocoon imprint. Cheap Thrills’ resident Italian destroyers Reset! also have a ball with “99”, working in a bassline that sounds like a fidget tribute to 90’s French house, as well as introducing some seriously vicious builds that sound like a black hole collapsing in on itself! It’s raucous stuff, and combined with those familiar vocals from the original, it’s bound to be quite a big tune in months to come.

Review: Oliver Keens