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: 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: When a label is called I'm A House Gangster you just know they don't take any prisoners. Seems like Demuir will fit right in then, being an equally no nonsense kinda guy and all. Here he serves up three new disco sizzlers: the speedy jazz vibes of "Rise Of The Sagittarian", "Talk'n Bout Gangsta" is hypnotic proggy funk and things wrap on a campy tip with the deep disco house of "Raw N Crazy". Slick.
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: 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: 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.