Cat Power has shared a cover of Cassius’ 2006 hit ‘Toop Top’ in tribute to French producer and DJ Phillippe Zdar. The cover, which features French artist -M-, arrives on the anniversary of Zdar’s death. Listen to it below.
Cat Power – real name Chan Marshall – and Zdar collaborated on numerous occasions, including on Cassius’ 2016 record Ibifornia and Cat Power’s 2012 album Sun.
In a press release, Zdar’s widow, Dyane de Serigny, talked about the recording of the acoustic track: “We were standing by the entrance, not daring to enter the studio room as the events were too recent and surrealistic,” she said. “It felt unreal to be there without him. Cat Power and -M- started humming ‘Toop Toop’… That moment was so magical that we decided to turn the console, plug in the microphones and make the first recording of this new chapter in life. This foundational event gave us the strength and encouraged us to preserve the future of his beloved studio.”
de Serigny also provided the single’s cover art, which is the photograph that came up on her phone when Zdar would call. “It’s…an image that represents him perfectly: somewhere on an island, the sun reflecting on his eyes, his hair salty and damp from the sea,” she said.