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Mike D’s classic nasally cadence is a fine fit on the rumbling, disco-inspired cut, while Cat Power’s Chan Marshall delivers an enticing vocal performance that crosses the dance floor diva spectrum from sultry and smooth to brash and too-cool-to-care. Cassius’ production is equally enrapturing, anchored by a bongo-and-bass groove and boasting a punchy guitar part and bleating saxophone.
Speaking with Pitchfork, Mike D said “Action” came about when Philippe Zdar — one half of Cassius with Boom Bass — played him and Marshall the track in New York City. “The song came with this world liberation theme and then I came with a modern-day relationship theme, and somehow the two went together,” he said. “It’s kind of like toast and Vegemite go together only in Australia.”
As for Cassius, Zdar confirmed to Annie Mac that he and Boom Bass have been working on a new album, though he didn’t provide a name or release date. The duo haven’t put out a proper LP since 2006’s 15 Again, though they did compile the Cassiusplay collection for Nike in 2008 and released The Rawkers EP in 2010.