Cat Power has paid tribute to her late friend, French producer and collaborator Philippe Zdar of Cassius.
Paying homage to Zdar, Power has released a special cover rendition of the French duo’s 2006 song ‘Troop Troop’. The producer, one-half of the influential French house duo Cassius, died after falling from a Paris building last year.
His agent has confirmed the news in a statement, explaining that Zdar suffered an accidental fall from “a high floor of an old building in Paris.” He was 50 years old.
Philippe Zdar—real name Philippe Cerboneschi—started working alongside Hubert Blanc-Francard (whose name in the group was Boom Bass) in the late ’80s. Zdar and Boom Bass started working together in 1988, producing albums for the French hip-hop artist MC Solaar.
Cat Power, who worked regularly with Zdar, performed ‘Troop Troop’ with French musician Matthieu Chedid at Zdar’s funeral.
“We were standing by the entrance, not daring to enter the studio room as the events were too recent and surrealistic,” Dyane de Serigny, Zdar’s widow, said in a statement.
“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.”
Stream her Cat Power’s rendition, below.