Favoring a pounding prog-house sound as shiny and at times as sleazy as the city he now calls home, Paris-to-Miami transplant Cedric Gervais has a reputation as a DJ who plays it both uplifting and up-thrusting. Building up his following since 2003, this big room fixture favors blissfully breezy Ibiza-style tracks, buoyed by hypnotic vocal hooks and the instrumental insistence of tech-funk. At times Gervais, part of the extended Yoshitoshi crew of hard house heads, flirts with the blippy synth melodies of the New Romantic '80s while building up the dizzying percussion of tribal.
Through it all, Gervais slathers on the hedonistic slam. This tipsy approach has proven a hit with crowds craving massive fist pump-worthy beats and bleary anthems for the peak hour and beyond. If you know what it's like to cram the Spaceterrace until there's barely room for sweat between bodies, and dawn is a must, never a bust, then Gervais is your spiritual sherpa leading you to Club Space at 7 a.m. on Saturday night/Sunday morning.
Cedric Gervais. With Patrick M., Louis Puig, Dsan Powell, and others. 7 a.m. Sunday, January 10. Space, 34 NE 11th St., Miami. Tickets cost $20 for entry before midnight, $30 for entry before 2 a.m. from wantickets.com. Age 21 and up with ID; 305-372-9378; clubspace.com
-- Tony Ware