There has been no official statement yet, but earlier today Ed Banger Records have confirmed that DJ Mehdi has passed away. Over the past 15 years the Frenchman remained relatively underground, but the influence he and his music has had on Electronic music as a whole is simply incredible. He has an exceptional back catalogue of his own and has collaborted with the likes of Daft Punk, Cassius, MC Solaar, Chromeo and many more; pushing the boundaries, mixing Hip-Hop and Electronic music better than anyone else, creating the most beautiful disco-infused material that has become the sound of French Electronic music. The cause of his death is unknown, but there reports are that he fell to his death from a roof - my thoughts go out to everyone at Ed Banger Records, his family and of course his beautiful wife, Fafi. Below are two of my favourite Mehdi remixes from the past few years - forever missed.
UPDATE: DJ Mag are reporting that he was on the roof of his home in Paris with a group of friends celebrating the birthday of Riton, his partner in Carte Blanche, when the roof collapsed. A number of others are reported to have been seriously injured in the tragic accident. Riton, aka Henry Smithson, is said to be the only person not to have fallen through the roof.
Miike Snow - Burial (Mehdi Remix)
Eli Escobar - Love Thing Part 2 (DJ Mehdi Remix)