May 17, 2007

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Cedric Gervais, Yoshitoshi Miami
Yoshitoshi Recordings, 2007

Long the terrace DJ at Space nightclub in Miami, Gervais has been on the breakout path since his debut all-original album Experiment streeted last year. As sexy house albums go it wasn’t great but wasn’t bad, its standout feature the Sade-meets-Oakenfold-like grinder “Spirit In My Life.” On to this, though, a mix assignment most DJs would kill for, being that the Yoshitoshi imprint is run by Sharam from the Deep Dish twosome, electro’s answer to Goldwyn Mayer. There’s a ground rule for these compilations (Miss Nine selected the tracks for Yoshitoshi Ibiza), that being that the DJ is restricted to choosing songs only from the Yoshitoshi catalog. Gervais opens the set with Dariush and DJ Da’s “Good Vibration” starring the yowling vocals of Tina, a desolate but sunny track that’s very telling of Gervais’ bread and butter gig at Space, which requires his getting a whole new groove going for whatever freakies are just getting up and ready to dance at 5 in the morning. The tune picks up volume and drum sequences, eventually moving into DYAD10’s “Sugar (Sweet Thing),” another perfect choice for morning drivetime. Gervais’ own remix of Alcatraz’ “Giv Me Luv,” a rave-ish disco diva trip, enlivens the middle section. Several icky songs here, unfortunately. B-Eric W. Saeger