Soundcloud sometimes cues the best stuff after you’re done listening to something.
It lead me to a recording of Thomas Bangalter, Cassius & DJ Falcon at an Amsterdam Dance Event in the Paradiso playing four hours of French touch, electro, dance, pop and hip-hop from 2002.
The full four hours is up on MixesDB and there are some great tracks in there you may not have heard in a while (or for the first time) like Lifelife’s ‘Black Chess’, Alan Braxe and Fred Falke’s ‘Palladium’, X-Press 2’s ‘London X-Press’ and Thomas Bangalter and Falcon’s own ‘So Much Love To Give’.
Here’s a context blurb from the site that ID’d most of the tracklist:
Late 2002 some of French most famous names in the house scene started a tour around Western Europe and the USA. Thomas Bangalter, DJ Falcon, Boom Bass and Phillipe Zdar were the names of this formation. But on most dates also Guy Manuel and Pedro Winter were around. This tour’s main purpose was to support the release of Cassius “Au Reve” and Together “So Much Love To Give”. It all started with the radio broadcasts on Radio FG (Cassius FM) where most daft crew artists stopped by and had fun while playing interesting new tunes. A few weeks later they started their tour at the Amsterdam Dance Event in the Paradiso. The following 2 months they played in clubs in Switzerland, USA, UK and France.
The 4 sets recorded from this tour are all more or less legendary. Not only for having 4 of the most valuable french house musician in it, but second for the brilliant track selection, not to mention the emotional keyboard play by Thomas or the live bootlegging by Falcon using his laptop. The Paradiso set is possibly the best 4 hours of French house music I’ve heard to date.
01. New Order – Blue Monday
02. Anne Clark – Our Darkness
03. David Guetta – Just For One Day
04. Prince – Let’s Go Crazy
05. Lifelike – Black Chess
06. Röyksopp – Remind Me (Ernest Saint Laurent’s Moonfish Mix)
07. Alan Braxe – Palladium
08. House Syndicate + Technotronic – Jam The Mace + Pump Up The Jam
09. Daft Punk + Technotronic – Voyager + Pump Up The Jam
10. Morando – Single Bell
11. Björk – Alarm Call (French Dub Remix by Alan Braxe & Benjamin Diamond)
12. Steve Silk Hurly – The Word Is Love
13. Armand Van Helden – Flowerz (feat. Ronald Clark)
14. Demon vs. Heartbreaker + Cosmos – You Are My High (The Bootleg Version) + Take Me With You (Instrumental)
15. Daft Punk – High Life
16. St Germain – Alabama Blues (Todd Edwards Dub Mix)
17. Romanthony – It’s Not The Same (Sample)
18. Le Knight Club – Hysteria (Sample) + (Unknown Track)
19. Da Mongoloids + Janet Jackson – Spark Da Meth + What’s It Gonna Be? (Sample)
01. 95 North + Missy Elliot – The Request + Get Ur Freak On (Sample)
02. Cosmos + Busta Rhymes + Daft Punk – Take Me With You (Instrumental) + It’s A Party (Sample) + Harder, Better, Faster Stronger (Acapella)
03. Together – So Much Love To Give
04. (Unknown Track) + Cassius – Feeling For You (Sample)
05. DJ Gregory + Cassius – Tropical Soundclash + Nulife
06. Harry ‘Choo Choo’ Romero + Masters At Work + Cassius + Royal House + Aaliyah – Keep Your Head Up + Work (Sample) + Thrilla + Can You Party? + Are You That Somebody?
07. (Unknown Track)
08. D*Note + Ginuwine – Shed My Skin (Pete Heller’s Stylus Dub) + Pony (Acappella)
09. Urban Blues Project Presents Jay Williams – Testify (Mousse T.’s Test-A-Beats)
10. Slam – Positive Education
11. Black Legend – You See The Trouble With Me + (Unknown Track)
12. Busta Rhymes + Cassius – What It Is (feat. Kelis) (Sample) + The Sound Of Violence
13. Cassius – The Sound Of Violence (Two Minute Warning Club Mix By Narcotic Thrust)
14. Traffic Signs + Tag Team + Sweet Pussy Pauline + Masters At Work – The Big Fake + Whomp! (There It Is) (Acappella) + Work This Pussy (Acappella) + Work (Acappella)
16. Prassay – Krvsin
01. Prassay + Cassius – Krvsin + The Sound Of Violence (Acappella)
02. Thee Jamie Starr Scenario + The Drug Punks + Busta Rhymes – Welcome 2 Thee Lite + Drug + What It Is (feat. Kelis) (Sample)
03. Le Knight Club + Alan Braxe & Fred Falke + Da Mongoloids + Romanthony – Soul Bells + Intro + Spark Da Meth + Bring U Up (Acappella)
04. Daft Punk + Nick Holder + Tweet – Too Long (Sample) + Summer Daze + Oops (Oh My) (Acappella)
05. (Unknown Track)
06. (Unknown Track)
07. Who Da Funk – Shiny Disco Balls
08. Cassius + DJ Sneak + Aaliyah – La Mouche (Played Live By DJ Falcon) + Wanna Sing? (Sample) + Are You That Somebody? (Sample)
01. Nelly – Hot In Herre
02. Jay-Z – I Just Wanna Love U
03. Cassius – Thrilla (feat. Ghostface Killah)
04. Jose Nunez – Air Race
05. (Unknown Track)
06. Thomas Bangalter + X-Press 2 – Colossus + London X-Press
07. The Sherbs – We Ride Tonight (Sample)
08. Together – Together
09. Britney Spears – Anticipating (Alan Braxe Mix 2)
Photo taken by Paul Bike.