Herve – Ghetto Bass 2 review

Artist: Herve
Title: Ghetto Bass 2
Label: Cheap Thrills
Genre: Electro House
Format: CD, Digital
Buy From: Juno Records, Juno Download

Out on his own Cheaper Thrills label, fidget king Herve brings the hard twitchy funk with this second instalment of his Ghetto Bass mixes. A perfect bulletin of the best and most hyped tunes of 2010 so far, there’s absolutely no filler here and every tune comes thoroughly road tested. Jack Beats’ mix of Passion Pit kicks things off with some serious attitude, backing it up with Max Morrell’s mighty mix of The Glamour’s “Love Burn”. For a trademark mix of stuttering bass, hip-hop acapellas and huge build-up’s, check out the obscure but incendiary “The Sound” by Kill Light, a banging tune made even better by some killer drum rolls.

Herve picks out some classy alternate mixes of some recent playlist favourites, such as MJ Cole’s standout and thumping mix of L-Vis 1990’s already classic “United Groove”. There’s also the Baltimore flavoured Mane Thing remix of the Shalamar-sampling “Peep Thong”, a hit from last year on Cheap Thrills, as well as Herve’s own mix of Steve Aoki’s recent “In The House”, and an exclusive mix of Orbital’s “Lush”. More Herve exclusives include “Zombies” and “Hot! Drum Attack”, both of which show a funky tropical influence on the beats with oodles of glitchy bass still present and correct. Douster’s mix of Yolanda Be Cool’s “Afronuts” works well alongside these, while a double dose of Joy Orbison ushers in a change of direction into more heavy wobblin’ dubstep territory, courtesy of R1 Ryders, High Rankin and Sukh Knight among others.

Review: Oliver Keens