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: 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".