It’s been a hot one this summer, but not only because of the weather… some of the best tracks over the past few months have been heard across the festival circuit and club sets worldwide. With so much new talent emerging, a plethora of great production is being recognized as well. For the 125th edition of The Dirt, the LA to NY connection of BONES & Threewise have (10) gems to offer you as we near the end of the heated season.
With the recent release of his solo debut album ‘Pick Me Up, Sort Me Out, Calm Me Down’, the UK bass aficionado Josh Harvey aka Hervé took the time to chat with me about what went on in the studio and behind the emerald curtain. I was lucky enough to get some incredible insight, breaking down the wide spectrum of electronic music that encompassed its production and the Hervé sound as a whole. As you’ll find out below, we timed this right to be on course with the next album single release (and our personal favorite) ‘Night Turns Into Day.’ Read on, and you might just get a free remix if you’re lucky….
In anticipation of his forthcoming album due out on July 23rd, Cheap Thrills labelhead, Hervé, is releasing his next single, ‘How Can I Live Without You (Make It Right),’ on July 15th, and the Irishman known as Detboi has added a bit of Garage influence, chopped-up vocals, and top-notch percussion to Hervé’s wobbly original. The single and remix are also accompanied by a clever music video featuring a steezy 2-seater tricycle and a mini-Hervé. Download the Detboi remix and check out the video below. Continue Reading
The Disco enthusiast from London known as Mighty Mouse has just put out his latest mixtape this morning, chock full of feel-goodery and Friday jammy jams. The mix also includes two new singles from Mighty Mouse off of his forthcoming Disco Battle Weapons Volume 2 which will see its release on June 17th on Hervé‘s Cheap Thrills imprint. Get it get it.
UK bass monger Hostage has been a GDD favorite since our inception. From 4 am warehouse anthems to growling sub-bass monsters, he’s produced a wide variety of tunes that speaks of his talent. He has a forthcoming release called the Creep EP on Herve‘s new label named ‘Deep Thrills’. While they might appear more subdued than some of his other releases, they all pack that fat square bassline that’s distinctively UK and also incorporate 2-step/garage influenced percussion lines that have me itching for it to drop next month.
As part of his ‘12 Thrills of Christmas,’ Cheap Thrills labelhead, Hervé, has unveiled the music video for his upcoming single ‘Better Than A BMX,’ which will be released along with his debut full-length album, Pick Me Up, Sort Me Out, Calm Me Down, on February 26th. The video, directed by Rohan Blair-Magnat, is put together well and exciting to watch, as Hervé’s pumping Electro sound is married with some high-difficulty maneuvers from pro BMXers Ben Lewis, Peter Sawyer, Paul Ryan, Lloyd Wright and Kayley Ashworth.
Detboi’s 2nd Album Curse Of The Drums Vol. 2 was recently been released on Herve’s label Cheap Thrills. It is a party box of very eclectic jams, and I couldn’t of described it better in one sentence than across the pond via UK BASS REVIEWS:
Detboi truly showcases his immense production talents with 9 tracks spanning a multitude of genres and styles, ranging from the deep jacking tech house grooves of ‘Partys Zipped Up’ to jazzy funky disco vibes of ‘Freaky Nights’ and touching bass on everything in between.
My personal favorite tracks on the album are ‘Party’s Zipped Up’ and ‘Pick It Up.’ ‘Party’s Zipped Up’ has a great midget house vibe, with tribal drums and bouncey samples that roll it along too well. ‘Pick It Up’ is a (Busta Rhymes) vocal led 2-step garage groove with an energetic bouncy acid bassline– perfect for those late ones. In its entirety, there’s something on this album for everyone and is truly a diverse reflection on all things DRUMS.
Well it looks like Toks beat me to the Halloween posting punch, but I just wanted to wish you guys a happy one and send you off with some more tuneage in the spirit of things today. Everyone’s favorite non-frequent flyer and London-based Hervé has put out some fitting tracks for the holiday over the years, and here are 2 must haves along with his newest remix of the Beyonce & Jack Beats single “Countdown.” (The Count is also Hervé for all you noobz).
Sometimes having too many collaborators on one track can backfire and result in (for lack of better terminology) a big fat turd. Conversely, these types of collaborations can also result in absolute gold. Such is the case on what is surely one of the best pop songs of 2010: “Somebody to Love Me” by Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. Written by Jake Shears(Scissor Sisters), Cathy Dennis & Anthony Rossomando(Dirty Pretty Things/Klaxons) and featuring vocals by dream duo Boy George and Andrew Wyatt(Miike Snow), “Somebody to Love Me” is pop perfection.