Review: After making occasional appearances on compilation style EPs, deep house artist Demuja - AKA Salzburg-based producer Bernhard Weiss - finally made his solo vinyl debut last month. Here he delivers a speedy follow-up on Austrian imprint RTCT. There's naturally much to admire throughout, from the drowsy chords, classic vocal samples and punchy drum machine hits of "Feel Like Me", to the driving, Detroit techno influenced, acid-laden stomp of "16 Volt". Urulu is on hand to provide a tasty remix of the latter track, toning down the techno influences in favour of a locked-in deep house groove, darting synth stabs and sparkling electronics.
Review: Minty freshness from Salzburg's Demuja on Kry Wolf's evergreen SOS label. The title (and Majora's remix) track dives head first into the beat scene with a broken drum arrangement and synth tones so icy and unforgiving you'd be forgiven to think they're from Detroit. "Listen" follows with a much warmer synthetic salvo and classic house vocal snippets while "Square" is straight up jacking house that wouldn't go amiss in a Sneak or Farina showdown. Finally we hit "Just The Drums" wherein the switchy, sketchy samples and jitters wrap themselves around the beats so tightly they become the rhythm themselves.
Review: The recording career of Salzburg's Bernard Weiss, AKA Demuja, has followed the well-trodden path of multiple compilation appearances followed by well-received EPs for a couple of little-known labels. There's a feeling that he just needs a breakthrough, and this single on Jimpster's Freerannge label could provide it. Certainly, the four included tracks are amongst his strongest to date. Choose between the sumptuous, shuffling deep house dreaminess of "Move", the warehouse-friendly thrills of "B.o.o.m", the hard-wired Italo-disco revivalism of "Into My Brain" - all raging arpeggio lines and dreamy pads - and the fireside-warm deep house/disco fusion of "Turn Me On". The latter's fusion of live instrumentation, evocative vocal samples and rolling house drums is particularly inspiring.
Review: The Life Is For Living imprint continues a strong run, with the house wonder boy from Salzburg Bernhard Weiss aka Demuja on his second release. The label carefully picked two dancefloor weapons from the MUJA boss. The dusty beats and smoky Rhodes notes on "Brenda" have that evocative quality, inspired somewhere between The Three Chairs sound of Detroit and the MPC house of Berlin's Money $ex crew. Second offering "Desire" is a more tough and uptempo groove for the late night, assisted by a fat Juno bassline, swing fuelled rhythms and the clever use of samples - namely those strings and diva vox!
Review: Demuja producer Bernard Weiss has been a busy boy this year, serving up hot-to-trot treats on Madhouse and Let's Play House. Here the Austrian keeps up the pressure via another rock solid outing on Toy Tonics. Weiss begins in confident mood via the rich, glassy-eyed chord progressions and swinging drum machine beats of "Brissy", before paying tribute to the greats of New Jersey deep house via the looped vibraphone motifs, sumptuous vocal samples and heady pads of "J on G". Elsewhere, he opts for a more rubbery, pitched-up, peak-time U.S house vibe - with fantastic results, we should add, while "Even Half" is a classic chunk of acid-fired deep house warmth smothered in hip-hop vocal samples, lilting synth lines and dreamy pads.
Review: Fresh from the recent release of his killer Vinum EP on Let's Play House, Salzburg sort Bernard Weiss brings his Demuja project to Madhouse for the very first time. The EP is headed up by "Come To Me", a rubbery chunk of classic deep house rich in saucer-eyed vocal samples, lilting Rhodes chords, bustling stabs and crunchy machine drums. Folamour's accompanying remix naturally pushes the track further towards warm and woozy deep house territory - via the box marked "glassy-eyed late night positivity" - before Demuja unfurls two fantastic bonus cuts. Of the pair, it's "Take", a tribute to early New Jersey deep house rich in buzzing synth-sax and memorable chord progressions, that arguably hits home hardest.
Review: This expansive EP marks Demuja's first outing on established Brooklyn imprint Let's Play House, following seven years spent flitting between labels such as Freerange, Nervous and Skylax. Predictably, he's at the top of his game throughout, delivering seven chunks of sample-heavy house music destined for peak-time rotations on discerning dancefloors worldwide. Amongst the ear-catching favourites you'll find the Clavinet-sporting disco-house sweetness of "I Wanna Know", the string-laden piano-house rush of "Blue Cut", the celebratory, fun-time house-funk of "Hatsu" and the dusty, late night jazziness of closer "It's Over", where elongated organ chords, filtered blue-eyed soul vocals and glistening guitars stretch out over restless drumbeats.
Review: While Shall Not Fade has succeeded in part by building a roster of up-and-coming artists, the Bristol-based imprint is not shy of serving up an EP from a familiar favourite now and then - hence this label debut from sometime Freerange, Lost Palms and Let's Play House artist Demuja. There are five fine tracks to enjoy, from the squelchy bass and sustained chords of atmospheric deep house bumper "Do It", to the warm and rolling peak-time positivity of bustling EP closer "Tokyo". Elsewhere, we'd suggest checking the sublime chord progressions and bustling beats of "Can't Stop" (a track that rekindles memories of Deep Dish classic "Stay Gold") and the piano laden, pitched down bliss of EP highlight "Those Who".
Review: After revealing each exclusive track over the last month, Kry Wolf finally delivers his DNA collection. A way of showing his own roots and party passions while celebrating his peers and labelmates' finest studio creations, the mix is a great reflection of Wolf, his and Shadow Child's label and its talented roster. Highlights include Shadow Child and Friend Within's WOW-referencing "The Moon", Kry Wolf's percussion-pummelled twist on "Piano Weapon", Geoff K's floor-melting bass shaker "Dysturbed Trumpet" and NYTA's dangerously demonic vocal cut "The Call". Also included is Kry Wolf's mix that joins the dots between the many sonic shades. A great concept backed up by an immaculate collection; DNA is where it's at.
Review: Kry Wolf's Sounds Of Sumo celebrate five years of prize fighting with this superb 14-track newness of an opus. With cuts from some of the label's most distinctive members and new faces alike, the collection seeps freshness from every twist and turn... Bondax's silky two-step twist of Mak & Pasteman's "Heat", Somepoe's super-sharp-stepper "Late Night Bootie", the deep dubby tech squiggles of Tony Goods' "2 Scoops", Tee Circus's dangerously overweight warp session "Plus 8". The list goes on. Versatile, creative and overwhelmingly funky, here's to another five years.