A man of many names and talents, Hervé is back to bring some serious fire. As part of the new Boy Racer EP for his own Cheap Thrills label, and riding on the high of the imprint’s 10th anniversary, “I Don’t Know” is a heater that’s the best of so many worlds all thrown together.
Rolling in with the kind of classic club breaks that span the distance between jungle and the original Baltimore sound, “I Don’t Know” immediately locks in a solid, body-moving groove. But things begin to evolve as soon as some very classic house chords haze in over pitched-up vocal samples. It’s there that a hard-hitting kick-hat combo pounds down with a serious warehouse vibe. From there, Hervé merges these not-too-disparate worlds into the type of track that gets hands swaying in the air between bouts of serious dancefloor action.
All in all, Hervé handles these sounds like a pro. While keeping an overall classic feel, he casts them in such a captivating and universal light that it’s hard to imagine any crowd not going along for the ride. Old heads and new kids alike are certain to get down to this one.
“The Boy Racer EP was inspired by my early raving years and my raving ‘boy racer’ mates in Essex,” Hervé tells Insomniac. “I wanted to do a series of EPs capturing the exuberance and energy of the time, but filtered through my more modern production. ‘I Don’t Know’ is definitely inspired more by the darker, hardcore stuff. I wanted to create something with a deeper vibe, but with real bite to counterpoint the more uplifting, muscle-car breakbeat tracks.”
Available July 27 via Cheap Thrills.
Buy the Boy Racer EP here.