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Cassius Return With Album Featuring Pharrell, Mike D and Ryan Tedder

Philippe Zdar and Boom Bass of Cassius
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Philippe Zdar and Boom Bass of Cassius

There was a surprise album drop on Friday (April 1), only it came from French house duo Cassius, not Beyonc√©. The pair's Ibifornia is the first full-length in nearly a decade from Phillippe Zdar and Hubert Blanc-Francart (aka Boombass), who've been teasing the follow-up to 2006's 15 Again for several weeks. 

The new album is packed with guest stars, including Pharrell Williams and Cat Power on the song "Go Up," as well as One Republic's Ryan Tedder and Parisian singer/songwriter Jaw on "The Missing." Beastie Boys member Mike D is featured on several tracks, including "Love Parade" and "Action" (which also has vocals from Cat Power), while Portugal. The Man's John Gourley sings on "Blue Jean Smile." 

"So if you wanna start discovering this fantastic place where the sun rises high and the horses run free now, you only have to pre-order and then you get three songs to download immediately," Cassius wrote on their Facebook page, referring to "Action," the smooth house soul of "The Missing" and the funky, uplifting "Go Up." "Those three songs we really love and took great moments of our life crafting them like maniacs... we hope you'll love them like we do."

 

Fans got a first taste of new music in mid-March, with the release of the beach dance party video for "Action," which teased the album's title in a bizarre clip highlighted by dancing apes getting spanked, rocks raining down from the sky and a volcano sacrifice.

In an interview with Pitchfork, the duo said the album's title is a combination of Ibiza and California, which Zdar said was inspired by their love of such west coast legends as The Beach Boys and Michael Jackson, as well as the Balearic dance mecca, where you can play 10-minute mixes "where nothing happens" and the crowd still goes crazy. "This album, for the first time in our life, has something which is more," Zdar said. "It's not only a collection of tracks. It's really offering a way of thinking about your life -- finding your Ibifornia. And go there and be happy there... This place is super powerful for us."

The full track listing for Ibifornia

"The Missing" (feat. Ryan Tedder & Jaw)

"Love Parade" (feat. Mike D)

"Action" (feat. Cat Power & Mike D)

"Go Up" (feat. Cat Power & Pharrell Williams)

"Ibifornia"

"Hey You" (feat. Ryan Tedder)

"Feel Like Me" (feat. Cat Power)

"Blue Jean Smile" (feat. John Gourley)

"The Sound of Love" (feat. Jaw)

"Ponce"

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