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Cassius Records represents the independent french music label based in Paris, run by Cassius and launched in 2009.

Cassius is a French musical duo that records and releases music in the house music, indie dance and synthpop genres. The group consists of producers Philippe Cerboneschi and Hubert Blanc-Francart, better known as Philippe Zdar and Boom Bass.

Zdar and Boom Bass started working together in 1988, producing albums for the French hip-hop artist MC Solaar. In 1991, they created their first project, called "La Funk Mob", and the following year, they started to increasingly experiment with electronic sounds. Zdar's experience with electronic music was influential in his involvement with Étienne de Crécy in the project Motorbass.

In 1996, Zdar and Boom Bass then created "Foxxy", their first self-published house music track, under the name Cassius, and the moderate success that followed lead to them remixing tracks for acts such as Air and Daft Punk. In January 1999, they released their first single to become a mainstream hit, "Cassius 1999". It was published by Virgin Records, and entered the UK Singles Chart at #7. This was soon followed by their debut album, 1999, which had two more singles released from it, "Feeling For You" and "La Mouche". The music videos for "Cassius 1999" and "Feeling for You" portrayed the character Deadman, from DC Comics, as a DJ superhero.

2002 saw their second album release, Au Rêve. This featured the "empowered female disco" track "I'm a Woman", with Jocelyn Brown on vocals, as well as the hit single "The Sound of Violence", featuring Steve Edwards on vocals. This album also had collaborations with Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah and Leroy Burgess.

Cassius returned to the studio in 2006, for the more experimental single "Toop Toop", but the next album, titled 15 Again, featured more vocal collaborations than the duo had done with Au Rêve.

French house duo Cassius have decided to begin their own label, Cassius Records. Philippe Zdar, who just produced Phoenix’s “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix”, and Boombass plan to feature "young, fresh and new music, sometimes remixed by people we love, some other times we’ll move backward…"

Known for their top 40 hit “Cassius 1999”, incidentally released ten years ago, the duo has since led productive careers as artists, remixers and producers.
The label’s debut EP will be “Youth, Speed, Trouble, Cigarettes” which will be followed by a solo effort from Zdar entitled “Dream America”.

Included on the EP is a Cassius cover of David Crosby’s “Almost Cut My Hair”. Zdar’s “Dream America” will feature remixes by Crookers, Boombass and Amsterdam’s Tom Trago.

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