Cheap Thrills, Vol. 1

Cheap Thrills, Vol. 1

by Hervé
     
 

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Beneath the suitably massive, trashy-looking, superhero-sized letters of the title -- which create the somewhat misleading if perhaps not unintentional impression of a disposable mass-market club comp -- Cheap Thrills, Vol. 1 promises to provide "The Sound of the U.K.'s Leading Dance Label: A Mix of Ghetto Bass, House, Dubstep, Electro, B-More Club and Bassline…  See more details below

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Beneath the suitably massive, trashy-looking, superhero-sized letters of the title -- which create the somewhat misleading if perhaps not unintentional impression of a disposable mass-market club comp -- Cheap Thrills, Vol. 1 promises to provide "The Sound of the U.K.'s Leading Dance Label: A Mix of Ghetto Bass, House, Dubstep, Electro, B-More Club and Bassline." The accuracy of the first claim may be up for debate, but there's no question that this compilation is every bit as wide-ranging, heavy-hitting, and fist-poundingly, well, thrilling as advertised. Offering no shortage of sirens, fidgety electro breaks, and gloriously corny vocal interludes, and veering wildly (sometimes within a single track) from the grittiest, rawest throbbing dubstep bass to the glossiest, unabashedly poppy stadium-trance synths with no regard for the niceties of subgenre demarcations, the only constant among these tracks -- apart from their compulsive, beats-forward danceability -- is their utter lack of restraint. It's an approach to dance music that's been sorely underexploited since the big beat heyday of the late '90s, and the lack of subtlety here is marvelously refreshing, particularly since it never comes at the expense of accessibility and tunefulness. Effectively a showcase for the imprint of the same name headed up by DJ/producer Joshua Harvey (aka Hervé, the Count, Action Man, Speaker Junk, etc., etc.), who has his hand as producer, remixer, or otherwise in nearly half of these tracks, Cheap Thrills is culled from the label's first two years (2008-2009) of output, with eight additional exclusive cuts thrown in. Only ten tracks overlap (sometimes in remixed form) between the two discs (the first is unmixed, the second a relentlessly high-energy DJ mix by Hervé -- obviously each has its place and purpose, but the mix is unquestionably the best way to experience this material), which means there are a generous 25 distinct tracks included across the 35 cuts. The quality remains impressively high throughout (though even the considerable variety may not stave off listener fatigue over two-plus hours of both discs), but definite standouts include Fake Blood's bouncy, pouncy "Fix Your Accent," Jack Beats' cannily deployed dubstep wobbles on both "U.F.O." and "Labyrinth," the pounding filter-house of His Majesty André's "Puppets," and the cartoonish "tribal" drums and incessant builds of Hervé and Jack Beats' "Rainstick."

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/23/2010
Label:
Downtown
UPC:
0827091015924
catalogNumber:
159

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. U.F.O.  - Jack Beats
  2. Fix Your Accent  - Fake Blood
  3. Drop the Pressure  -  Project Bassline
  4. Organ Grinder  - Trevor Loveys
  5. Zombie Dance  - Action Man
  6. Mars  - Fake Blood
  7. Rikkalicious
  8. No Money For Guns  -  High Rankin
  9. Baseball Bat  - Marina Gasolina
  10. Outside  -  Speaker Junk
  11. Rainstick  - Jack Beats
  12. Puppets  -  His Majesty Andre
  13. Rubbin and Bumpin  -  Glamour
  14. Seelekio  - Max Morrell
  15. Everybody
  16. Clarence Baskerville 2  -  High Rankin

Disc 2

  1. Labyrinth  - Jack Beats
  2. Seelekio  - Max Morrell
  3. Rainstick  - Jack Beats
  4. Back Yard Riddim  - Max Morrell
  5. Puppets  -  His Majesty Andre
  6. Fix Your Accent  - Fake Blood
  7. The Rhythm  - Gigi Barocco
  8. Outside  -  Speaker Junk
  9. Get Low  -  Detboi
  10. The Dozens  - Fake Blood
  11. Organ Grinder  - Trevor Loveys
  12. U.F.O.  - Jack Beats
  13. Wasted  -  Martelo
  14. Zombie Dance  - Action Man
  15. No Money For Guns  -  High Rankin
  16. Drop the Pressure  -  Project Bassline
  17. Bubble & Squeak  -  Gyto
  18. Felton Skank  -  Dub Frequency
  19. Organ Grinder  - Trevor Loveys

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hervé   Primary Artist,DJ
Trevor Loveys   Keyboards
Clare Evers   Vocals
Joshua "Herve" Harvey   Vocals

Technical Credits

Trevor Loveys   Composer,Producer
Bob Rifo   Composer
Sinden   Additional Production
Marina Ribatski   Composer
Kissy Sell Out   Composer,Producer
Bloody Beetroots   Producer
High Rankin   Remixing,Additional Production
Hervé   Producer
Fake Blood   Composer,Producer
Detboi   Producer
Project Bassline   Composer,Producer
His Majesty Andre   Producer
Jack Beats   Composer,Producer,Remixing,Additional Production
Joshua Harvey   Composer,Remixing,Additional Production
Asher Gray   Composer,Lyricist,Producer
Martelo   Producer
McGouran   Composer
Ryan Martelo   Composer
Richard Galling   Composer,Producer
Luigi Barone   Composer,Producer,Mastering
Yaan Natho   Composer,Producer
Niall Dailly   Composer
Ben Geffin   Composer
Will Rankin   Composer,Producer

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