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Album Review

Having left his imprimatur all over the French club scene, Cedric Gervais emigrated to Miami in 2003 and took that city by storm too. The year before his debut single "Burning" slammed into the U.S. chart, more impressive productions and remixes followed, culminating in Experiment, the DJ's debut album. Point of entry for most listeners will be the hit "Spirit in My Life," which is representative of Gervais' fabulous, driving, bubbling, hard house style. The fat, funky title track, however, filled with space-age effects and vocal samples, is a prime example of his other side. The cataclysmic "Sky" brings the two styles together, its storming bass line pure funk, the slamming beats unadulterated hard house, and the melody as bright and infectious as a sunny day. There's just a touch of new wave to the synths, another tack Gervais loves to take, with that '80s sound crescendoing across "Half Way Love," featuring Second Sun, which beautifully evokes mid-era Depeche Mode. The sensational Sun appears on two more tracks, including the tongue-in-cheek "Pills" that slyly slips between new wave and harder rhythms that at times push towards industrial. "Touch" is its polar opposite, a lavish piece with tribal-lite beats, a rich, lush melody, plenty of atmosphere, and counterintuitive vocals that occasionally slide toward arena rock. Brilliant. But then, so much of this album is. There's plenty of flamboyant hard house to get the party moving, like "Fire," which includes another fabulous performance from Caroline, as well as the dizzying, funk-laden "Bang." If there was any doubt that Gervais was ready for the big time, this album puts them to bed for good. A star is born, but one who recognizes the work of all who came before him, and Gervais thanks them all on "Respect."

Customer Reviews

Definetly worth every penny!

Ive been waiting for this guy to finally make a cd! Would see him on the patio every Sunday morning @ Space Miami, until he blew up and now spins all over the world. Spirit in my life is my second favorite to Pills. Just buy it.

Great Buy

While there isnt anything experimental about it experiment is a must have for funky house fans. This debut is very promising with a nice mix of heavy base lines and tight beats. The vocals are perfect and cedric really has a keen ear when building up his songs. Electro Therapy and Spirit in My Life stand out. Respect is a bit of daft punk rip off but thats all made up for. Upon a first run through Experiment is very catchy and remains so on he second third and fourth. A great buy for 10 online. I've seen Cedric spin live and he's amazing, a real crowd pleaser.

Very Nice

Great debut! Very talented. BIg ups to Second Sun. Love his vocals.


Born: June 7, 1979 in France

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Cedric Gervais moved from his native Paris -- where he had spun at Le Queen -- to Miami Beach in 1998, when he was a teenager, for the sake of advancing his DJ career. Within only three years, he was releasing his own productions for Ultra sublabel You, and he released his first commercial DJ mix, The House Sessions, in 2003. By then, he was an in-demand remix producer, but he continued to release original material on 12" -- often through his Sleaze and Sleaze Industry labels -- and put together...
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