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DJ Mehdi

Known for his affiliation with fashionable French electro label Ed Banger Records, DJ Mehdi was a producer/remixer of hip-hop and electronic dance music yet is first and foremost remembered as a DJ. Born Mehdi Favéris-Essadi in 1977 in the French commune of Hauts-de-Seine (a northwest suburb of Paris) of Tunisian descent, he grew interested in hip-hop after discovering Public Enemy in the late '80s. DJ Mehdi established himself as a DJ/producer in the trailblazing French rap group Ideal J, whom he joined in 1992 and who released two albums: O'Riginal MC's Sur une Mission (1996) and La Combat Continue (1998), the latter featuring the hit single "Hardcore." Around this same time he began doing outside production work, most notably on the 1997 MC Solaar album Paradisiaque ("Wonderbra") and a couple 113 albums (Ni Barreaux, Ni Barrières, Ni Frontières, 1998; Les Princes de la Ville, 1999). In addition, he founded the short-lived Espionnage label in 1997 along with Manu Key, whom he had worked with in the rap groups Different Teep and Mafia K'1 Fry. DJ Mehdi began crossing over into electronic dance music in 2000 with the release of Espion le EP, an Espionnage compilation that included a diverse array of styles that blurred the lines between hip-hop and dance. A couple more years of production work on albums including Karlito's Contenu Sous Pression (2001) and 113's Fout la Merde (2002) led to (The Story Of) Espion, his full-length debut album, released by the EMI sublabel Delabel. In search of management, DJ Mehdi turned to Pedro Winter (aka Busy P), a fellow DJ whom he had known for years and who not only was well known for successfully managing the career of Daft Punk but was in the process of founding his own label, Ed Banger Records. Under the moniker of Espion, DJ Mehdi made his Ed Banger debut in 2003, producing "Anything Is Possible," the B-side of Justice's "Never Be Alone." DJ Mehdi's next release on Ed Banger, I Am Somebody (2006), a four-track EP featuring remixes by Kenny Dope of Masters at Work, was billed to himself and became an underground sensation, later being licensed for use in a 2007 commercial for XM Satellite Radio in the United States. A full-length album on Ed Banger, Lucky Boy (2006), followed the release of I Am Somebody, as did Loukoums (2006), a rare outtakes mix album released as a tribute to the late J Dilla, whose Stones Throw album Donuts (2006) was its inspiration. In the wake of this success, DJ Mehdi released Lucky Boy at Night (2007), a remix edition of its predecessor; Lucky Girl (2007), a four-track EP; Your Way or Mine? (2007), a blue-vinyl split 7" on Arcade Mode with Kavinsky; and Mixmag Presents: Ed Banger Ménage-à-Trois (2008), a mix CD also featuring Feadz and Pedro Winter. Mehdi died in 2011 when he fell to his death after a roof collapse. He was 34. ~ Jason Birchmeier
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  1.   Song
  2.   Signatune
  3.   Lucky Boy
  4.   Footprints
  5.   Boggin'
  6.   Breakaway
  7.   Tragicomehdi
  8.   Out of My Hands by Etienne de Crecy
  9.   Pocket Piano
  10.   Love Bombing
  11.   Wee Bounce
  12.   Pony Rocking
  13.   Lucky Girl
  14.   Busy Being Born
  15.   Stick It
  16.   Tales of Tomorrow
  17.   I Am Somebody by Chromeo
  18.   Saharian Break
  19.   Circuit by David Rubato
  20.   Survivol
  21.   Leave It Alone
  22.   Hot-O-Momo
  23.   Espionnage Sound System
  24.   DJ Mehdi/I Am Somebody
  25.   Lucky Girl
  26.   Lucky Boy
  27.   [CD-Rom Track]
  28.   I Am Somebody [Paris Version]
  29.   Always Be an Angel
  30.   Constellation
  31.   [Untitled]
  32.   21st Century Life by Sam Sparro
  33.   Dirty Muhta by Steed Lord
  34.   Feeling For You by Cassius
  35.   I Will Come Back by Holy Ghost
  36.   Ice Cream by New Young Pony Club
  37.   In Case We Die by Architecture in Helsinki
  38.   Justify by Staygold
  39.   Light Gold by Santigold
  40.   Music is My Hot Hot Sex by CSS
  41.   Oh Malheur Chez O'Malley by Sebastien Tellier
  42.   Oleg Dans Les Bois by Joakim
  43.   Red Black & Blue
  44.   Serge Dylan by Sébastien Martel
  45.   Si Tu Savais by Manu Key
  46.   To Protect & Entertain featuring Busy P
  47.   Waiting For You by Chromeo
  48.   Pony Rocking
  49.   Tunisia Bambaata
  50.   Be Blessed, Be Back
  51.   North Star
  52.   About Me
  53.   I Spy
  54.   Anything Is Possible
  55.   Fooling You
  56.   Aneis
  57.   Partir
  58.   Along The Way
  59.   She's So Mad
  60.   Bonus Track
  61.   Leave It Lone

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