Back in June, the world learned of the tragic death of Philippe Zdar of Cassius, days before the duo’s new album was set to release. Tributes poured out from the dance music community, who’d come to know Philippe as the legend he was so rightfully regarded.

As it turns out, they’d also just delivered a new Essential Mix to Radio 1 that very week. It was officially aired by BBC Radio 1 on July 27.

“Last month we heard the tragic news that our friend Philippe Zdar of Cassius had died. Philippe, along with Hubert aka Boom Bass was a pioneer. […] Cassius were days away from releasing their new album when Philippe tragically died. They’d also just finished and delivered a brand new Essential Mix for Radio 1 that very week.” – Pete Tong

The mix contains only a couple of Cassius’ own tracks, opting instead to build out the vibe with tracks of friends and contemporaries. The result is a 2-hour journey through the French touch era, both past and present. Listen below.


1 Cassius – Rock Non Stop
2 KC Flightt – Voices
3 Marie Davidson – Work It
4 Jamie Lidell – When I Come Back Round [Live Version]
5 Liberty City – If You really Love Someone
6 Kenny Summit – B Grateful
7 SRVD & Radio Slave & Patrick Mason – Elevate
8 Laurent Garnier & Chambray – Feeling Good
9 Einzelkind – Lumumba
10 Keinemusik (Adam Port, &ME, Rampa) – Operator
11 Shinedoe – Hey DJ
12 Robyn – Between The Lines
13 Mo’Funk & Roland Clark – Bring Together
14 Fiorious – I’m Not Defeated
15 Jamie 3:26 & Cratebug – Hit It n Quit It
16 Rogue D – Chains
17 Cassius – I’m A Woman
18 Stacy Kidd Feat. Artesha – Thank You
19 Hot Natured – Forward Motion
20 MK – Body 2 Body
21 The Juan MacLean – Give Me Every Little Thing
22 DJ Spen – Tedds Beat Goes On
23 Marc Houle – Thirds In Trees
24 Sunsetpeople – Mifune
25 Detroit Grand Pubahs – Surrender