I was 20-years-old when Cassius released their breakout LP ‘1999’. I was a young, dumb college student and still forming opinions about all things music and, in particular, electronic music. At that time dance music had entered a commercial rebirth thanks in large part to the French Touch movement. ‘1999’ proved to be a French Touch classic and Cassius would forever be heralded as the archetypes for the genre.
Leap frog to 2016 and now that the duo have several albums and production credits under their belts they’re set to release their first original music since 2010’s ‘The Rawkers’ EP (a personal favorite).
While a lot of promotion came in the form an “interactive” music video (a novel idea but the execution isn’t as seamless as it might sound) the song itself is infectious. Throughout the years they’ve always stretched the aesthetic boundaries that were set with 1999 and ‘The Missing’ is no exception even if it isn’t in the form of compressed kicks and filtered Donna Summers samples.
With an instantly memorable hook in the form of Ryan Tedder’s high falsetto lines followed by steady chants over a helping of Marvin Gaye rhythm backing it’s sure to be an apt summer jam. It’s not 1999 anymore and ‘The Missing’ proves that Cassius are no suckers for nostalgia.
Check out the video here.
Words by Wesley Thomas.
And be sure to check the duo’s latest cut ‘Feel Like Me’ which features the sultry vocals of Cat Power.