Review: Hard-working Toronto producer Demuir has appeared on all manner of labels in recent times, but none more so than Derrick Carter and Luke Solomon's Classic Music Company. This debut EP for the long-running imprint undoubtedly contains some of Demuir's strongest work to date. Chief among these is opener "My Predictable Locals", a boompty-influenced chunk of disco-flecked Chi-town bump that could easily pass for a DJ Sneak or Derrick Carter production. Elsewhere, Mark Farina lends a hand on the rolling deep house hustle of "Story Of A DJ", and soul chanteuse Cynthia Amoah lends her honeyed tonsils to the modern soul-goes-house celebration of dancing that is "Here's To Friday".
Review: Veteran producer Pierre Demuir has largely impressed since resurrecting his career in 2013, in the process releasing a swathe of fine EPs for such labels as Farris Wheel, Nite Grooves, Great Lakes Audio, and Frosted Recordings. This solid three-tracker marks his first appearance on Simma Recordings' offshoot Simma Black. Given the title, it's little surprise to find that "The Roots of House" is a loose, groovy and funk-fuelled affair, with clear funk, soul and disco influences amongst the bumpin' beats, effects-laden guitar lines and righteous spoken word vocals. It's accompanied by a tasty, vocal-free Dub, and a dusty, sample-heavy deep house roller (think Andres with heavier bass) entitled "The Ghetto Mind".
Review: Canadian producer Demuir's "Ode To Chicago" is well observed. The title track oozes soul (thanks to some Andres-style keys work), jazz swing (some Moodymann-ish drum fills), tracky hypnotism (the rolling groove and rising and falling bassline) and even a dash of good, old-fashioned boompty (think Derrick Carter after a few too many blunts). It's a fitting tribute to the Chi-Town sound, for sure, but is good enough to stand on its own two feet. There's more sensual, Andres-ish swing to "Mind Above The Clouds", whose sweet, jazz-flecked guitars work in perfect harmony with the restless bottom-heavy groove and winding, filtered chords.
Review: Canadian producer Demuir is a versatile talent and his latest release sees him mainly focus on a lighter house sound. Inspired by the swinging drums of UK garage, he starts the release with "Whatchuwhoooooant-!" The combination of buzzing, bouncing bass and loose, shuffling rhythms provide a basis for some high-pitched vocal lines. "Drama Untied" is more light-hearted, but uses the same backing; over tight drums, Demuir delivers infectious keys and a hail fellow well met vocal sample that proclaims 'no matter where we come from, we are all brothers'. A radically different tone is audible on "The Cheerleader"; lifting a sample from Goodfellas - the scene where Joe Pesci kills a made guy who had insulted him by demanding he shine his shoes - the cold-blooded killing narrative mixed with deft cut-ups and bouncy bass makes for an unusual combination.
Review: Since making his debut on Peetah Music in 2001, Demuir has built up a rock solid catalogue of club-ready deep house jams. Here the Toronto-based producer follows up recent outings on Robsoul, Hot Creations and Desolat with a first appearance on Heist Recordings. He hits the ground running with a muscular deep house loop jam weighty enough for peak-time plays ("Werq Feel Gruv Love"), before layering up spacey synths, heady string samples and rubbery house beats on "The 3nity Returneth (Dub Mix)"."Philippine Sunrise" is arguably the best of a strong bunch: a melodious, warm and intoxicating deep house workout full of intricate musical detail and colourful electronics. That comes back by a tasty revision by Lady Blaktronika that sounds like it was designed for locked-in, late night dancefloors.
Review: Fresh from fine outings on Desolat and Robsoul Recordings, much-loved Canadian producer Demuir debuts on Hot Creations. He sets the tone with "Samba and the Elf", an energy-packed, boompty-style house bumper driven forwards by sweaty drums and a brilliant punk-funk bassline, before dancing shirtless towards disco-house pastures on cheery title track "High. Alive. & Dirty". "Rawness Beat 3" doffs a cap to both classic hip-house and the muscular, disco-fired loop-house of DJ Sneak, while "Eerbawdy Wants To Deeeszko" is a fired-up romp through high-octane house grooves and filtered disco samples. To round off the EP, Demuir delivers a tight and driving "Dub" of that celebratory workout.
Review: Following up some terrific grooves for Robsoul, Kwench and Music For Freaks of late, Toronto's Kevin Dennis Pierre aka Demuir continues his fine recent run of form with a thrilling three tracker on Loco Dice's Desolat label. The Mindset EP is some of the most fiercely energetic music we have seen from the producer yet, as proven on the punchy high octane techno of "Mindset - Progress Waits For None", he throws down some groovy jackin' disco loops in the vein of hometown heroes like Nick Holder and DJ Sneak - the latter also used the same hook once upon a time on "Disco Ain't Jack" and there's more of the same on the smooth Rhodes action of "Yuh Chat Too Much".
Mr Black & The Dance (feat Mark Farina) - (6:21) 124 BPM
Mr Black & The Dance (feat Mark Farina - DUB) - (6:21) 124 BPM
Mr Black & The Dance (feat Mark Farina - Stripped Down Beatz) - (6:22) 124 BPM
Review: Given Demuir's lengthy career and impressive discography (he's previously released on Farris Wheel, Stickman, MadTech and Nite Grooves, amongst others), you'd expect this EP of high-profile collaborations to be rather good. It is, of course, with the Toronto producer and pals flitting between Dixieland jazz-sampling "boompty" business (Tommy Largo hook-up "On Dat High"), full throttle, cowbell-driven heaviness ("Good Ol Days" with old pal DJ Sneak), and seductive West Coast deep house warmth (Mark Farina collaboration "Mr Black & The Dance"). Interestingly, the latter excursion comes accompanied by a chunkier Dub mix and a mix-friendly "Stripped Back Beatz" drum tool.
Review: Kevin Dennis Pierre aka Demuir out of Toronto is a legend of the scene with a discography that dates back 20 years. An OG house gangster, his music in recent times has hooked up with the likes of DJ Sneak and Cassy with other releases making their way to Yoruba, Robsoul, Desolat and most recently in 2019, Hot Creations. Now for Catz n Dogz' Pets Recordings in 2020 he drops the three-track Black Soul + Techno EP. Channelling a hardcore acid and Detroit styled techno edge comparable to the work of Blake Baxter, Demuir's "Something Inside Of Me" delivers a tunneling, bass heavy, grooving techno burner. With an extra dub version to boot, "Black Kids Love Techno" then looks towards trippy touches of bleeps and mind bending synths in a banging b-side alternative.