Cassius, ’15 Again’ (Astralwerks)
This duo generated sample-heavy house music that doubled as chic aural wallpaper on their 1999 debut, then upped their game, combining live instrumentation and guest vocalists on 2002’s disco-fierce Au Rêve. Here, Philippe Zdar handles most vocals, sneering through the propulsive dance-punk single “Toop Toop” but failing to sustain the drones that dominate this overlong disc’s second half. Pharrell Williams steals the show on “Eye Water,” a rockin’ ecological warning that furthers the French house/U.S. hip-hop trend.
Now Hear This: Cassius – “Rock Number One” DOWNLOAD MP3