Bonjour Tristesse

photo by Karl Hab

DJ Mehdi is dead.
Life goes on, but DJ Mehdi is dead. I’d never ever thought I’d be writing those words on this blog, like this year, this month, today.
I heard the news just as I was coming back from the beach on Tuesday; I picked up my phone and found one sms, and one email from two friends, both delivering the same sad news to me.
It’s weird when someone ‘famous’ dies, especially someone whose music, you enjoyed. (I think I stopped being a ‘fan’ of anyone in 1999) It’s like you were close to this person, and thus feel sad when they pass away, without having ever met them, or barely. (In Mehdi’s case, a Hello exchanged at Plastic People in 2005; a joke or two shared at the Scala in London, circa 2007; a missed encounter a few months ago outside Pigalle station)

DJ Mehdi was banging, both on record and live. He was also totally buff, and if I were to borrow some of Mademoiselle Robot’s expressions here, I’d say a total babe, a real dreamboat (I hope my husband won’t mind me writing those words, these are really exceptional circumstances), all the way at the top of my list, before Louis Garrel or Gael Garcia Bernal.

Anyway, I won’t post here the Brodinski remix of « Pocket Piano », or « Signatune », because I am sure that you have already heard them all.
Instead I’ll leave with you with Mehdi’s last mixtape, “Tunisian Summer”.
Now, in remembrance of the man, enjoy, and dance!

DJ Mehdi – Tunisian Summer

Tracklist:

1. INTRO: ANTONY & CURRENT 93 ‘Idumea’
2. SUPER SUPER ‘Boba’
3. DJ GREGORY ‘Don’t Panic’
4. AUDIOJACK ‘Jack The Keys’
5. KINK ‘E 79′
6. ADONIS ‘We’re Rocking Down The House’
7. GREGOR SALTO ‘Messe Messe’
8. DANCES WITH WHITE GIRLS ‘It’s About The House’
9. JAMIE JONES feat. ALI LOVE ‘Forward Motion’
10. CANBLASTER ‘Air Totem’
11. THE RAPTURE ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ A-TRAK Remix
12. THE WEEKND ‘What You Need’ ADAM PORT Remix
13. AZARI&III ‘Into The Night’ RENAISSANCE MAN Remix
14. NATHAN FAKE ‘Xmas Rush’ DUB
15. CASSIUS ‘La Notte’
16. OUTRO: JET AGE OF TOMORROW ‘I Want You Still’

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