Review: After beginning his year with a four-track missive on Elrow Music, Kevin Pierre AKA Demuir continues his impressive run of form via another excellent EP, this time on Rawthentic. The headline attraction is undoubtedly 'I Don't F*ck Wit U', a gloriously raw and energetic number in which spoken word snippets and wild, almost psychedelic TB-303 acid lines dance atop a boisterous, techno-tempo house beat. Arguably even more pulse-quickening is the accompanying 'Dub Edit', which offers even more acid tweakery and percussive clout. Elsewhere, Hector Morales hook-up 'Days After Roma' is a druggy, earning morning dark-room roller, while 'We're All The Same' sees the Canadian producer pepper a bouncy beats with creepy chords and squelchy, mind-melting electronic motifs.
Review: Despite the setbacks brought forth by the pandemic, we're confident that Toolroom will still have a stellar year as always! With that in mind, the fifth edition in their 'House Party' series' looks to be the biggest yet, with a whopping 70 tracks to keep the party going for days on end. As a bonus, label signees such as Wankelmut, TCTS and Siege (who appear with contributions to the compilation personally) provide a continuous mix each - bringing the party to your house. Other highlights come from a wide variety of artists within the tech/house spectrum such as: legends Technasia and Green Velvet with the aforementioned Siege on the mighty "Suga" (Siege extended mix), the ascendant Luxembourger Amii Watson with the sensual mood music of "Higher" and the Fuse London affiliated Rich NxT teaming up with minimal techno vetran Christian Burkhardt on the slinky and hypnotic "Basics" - plus many more.
Review: Phil Weeks' long-running French house/deep house label Robsoul Recordings round up the best of their 2020 output in one high-VFM package. As per Robsoul's MO generally, you won't find a lot in the way of navel-gazing introspection or pointless, self-indulgent experimentalism here - Robsoul have always specialised in dropping beats to move your feets and this year's crop doesn't disappoint! The wonky, jazzy garage of The Mekanism's 'Signs', the raw jack of Joss Moog's 'So Good So Fresh', Demuir's strutty hip-houser 'Nice And Dutty' and Jade Cox's looping, west coast-ish 'Realise' are just some of the highlights of a fine collection.
Review: Last year Kevin Pierre AKA Demuir made headline-grabbing appearances on Hot Creations, Desolat and Robsoul Recordings. Here he belatedly kick-starts his 2020 campaign with another high profile release, this time on Kerri Chandler's Kaoz Theory imprint. The Toronto-based producer kicks things off with the sunny soulful house chunkiness of "Lusting U", where Bluey Robinson's effortlessly soulful lead vocal rides a chunky, synth bass-propelled good-time groove. It feels like a summer anthem in waiting. Just as impressive is "Espiritual", a sprightly, synth-laden slab of fireside-warm Latin house bounciness that comes in both vocal and dub mix forms.
Review: If the combo of Butler, Demuir, Flashmob and De Hey doesn't get your musical taste buds tingling then we have to ask: do you even deep house, bro? Butler and Demuir kick off a fine sampler EP with the hazy, looping 'Tropicana', an understated number topped with some chorus'd lounge-y vocal snips, while Italy's Flashmob takes us into pacier, more jacking territory with 'The Island' and its SAW-like vocal. Michel De Hey's 'Garyamoi' is an eyes-down small hours chugger with classic Chi-town stabs, before JPA channels mid-90s house vibes on the glorious 'Here Now'. Four very reliable bullets for your Saturday night disco machine gun.
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.
Review: As is now traditional, Heist Recordings has kick-started a new year by asking their artists to remix each other. Boss men Detroit Swindle set the tone with a gorgeously positive, synth-heavy remix of Fouk's "Need My Space" before Makez re-imagines Perdu's "Sacramento" as an acid bass-propelled bounce through melodious deep house pastures and Fouk adds a little loose-limbed swing and dirty bass pressure to Demuir's percussive and warming "The 3nity Returneth". Perdu reaches for the psychedelic acid lines and squelchy synth-bass on a Latin-tinged remake of Detroit Swindle's Lorenz Rhode collaboration "Music For Clubs", while Demuir beefs up Makez's breezy and melodious "Random Visits".
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: With too much good music to release in one collection, Toolroom present the second volume of its coveted Ibiza compilation. The list of artists included runs like a roll call of the most exciting producers in electronic music right now with highlights such as: ascendant Brit Weiss on the uplifting vocal house anthem "Let Me Love You", Bristolian bass house hero Will Clarke doing his thing on "Tricky", the ever impressive Eli Brown nailing that peak time vibe on "Always", Hannah Wants getting deep down and dirty on the Kevin Saunderson sampling "Love Somebody" and Toronto's finest DJ Sneak & Demuir doing their thing on "Good Ol' Days". Add to this three continued mixes that cover Poolside, Club and Afterclub, and you have a collection that encapsulates the electronic spirit of Ibiza like no other.
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".
Review: Simma Black has been in fine form of late, so it's no surprise to find that this bustling collection of new music and recent label highlights, compiled to coincide with the dance music industry's annual weeklong celebration in Miami, is something of a belter. There's plenty of variety across the peak-time ready tracklist, from the intense, trance-like builds and classic U.S house style grooves of Low Steppa's "One Day" and the piano house-plus-wobble bass brilliance of Martyin Badder's "Feel Loved", to the bumpin' New Jersey garage revivalism of Greco's "Move Your Body" and the dark, angular, bass-heavy late night filth that is David Keno's "Rip & Pop".