Toronto house hero Demuir has been not so quietly slaying the competition over the past few years, releasing funky, disco-inspired jams on DJ Sneak’s I’m A House Gangster, Luke Solomon and Derrick Carter’s Classic Music Company, and Mark Farina’s Great Lakes Audio.
As many of his peers explore the depths of all things deep, Demuir, a seasoned cratedigger, has been hitting hard, mining classic records and obscure gems to create party-perfect floor burners. It’s all part of a logical progression that led to 2016’s TruSkool (Magnetic Recordings) full-length, a snapshot of a producer at the top of his game. Perhaps he best sums up his musical ethos on the album cut “Aesthetics”: “Do not give a fuck about what other people think. You do your own shit. Play the music as you see it.”
Demuir’s Girls, Girls, Girls EP (GLA) affirms his ascension. Using TruSkool as his North Star, he conjures up one hell of a release.
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“Out in Scarabia” is a sample track overflowing with jackin’ goodness; “Unicorn” is a disco-charged romp with a sexy female sample that picks up where Stardust’s “Music Sounds Better With You” left off; and “Luvin’ To Nothing” is a soulful sampledelic jam of the highest order.
Unmoved by fleeting musical fads and trends, Demuir’s talent lies in his impressive ability to make everything old sound new again.
Dance music is mainstream in America and elsewhere, but this wasn’t always the case. At the height of the “disco sucks” movement a publicity starved Chicago radio DJ named Steve Dahl invited baseball fans attending a night double-header between the White Sox and Detroit Tigers on July 12, 1979 to bring disco albums for Disco Demolition Night. In between games, he blew the albums up with fireworks and things quickly got out of hand. This bit of history serves as the backdrop for the title track of UK-based house music journeyman Sandy Turnbull’s At Comisky Park EP featuring a sample of someone recalling the notorious event, noting how what was essentially the final nail in disco’s coffin sent the music into the underground.
Over the course of a career that’s seen him release records on labels including Soulfuric Deep, Look At You and Heavy, Turnbull, who runs Galleria Records, has steered clear of musical trends and fads, staying true to the ethos of house music. With his new EP receiving props from icons such as Tony Humphries and Mark Farina, we checked in with the man himself and asked him about
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The past informs the future in Demuir’s musical world. On his jackin’ house tracks for DJ Sneak’s I’m A House Gangster, Luke Solomon and Derrick Carter’s Classic Music Company, and Mark Farina’s Great Lakes Audio, the Toronto-based DJ/producer/cratedigger/samplemeister has established a reputation for crafting funky tracks peppered with snippets mined from yesteryear which he imaginatively embeds into his fresh jams.
On his TruSkool full-length, Demuir presents his most colorful palette of sounds to date. While house-music albums often consist of a handful of killer tracks and lots of filler, TruSkool is a thoroughly enjoyable and consistent listen. From the hard-hitting floor rocker “Call Of Da Sound” to the string-laden disco-house bomb “Mi Nah Chase Pum Pum,” Demuir best sums up his musical ethos on “Aesthetics” when he opines: “Do not give a fuck about what other people think. You do your own shit. Play the music as you see it.” Before the release of TruSkool on October 7 via Magnetic Recordings, we caught up with Demuir and asked him about tracks that have inspired him during his musical journey.
Roland’s iconic TR-909 has often imitated but never duplicated. Partially analog, partially sample-based, the 909, which made history as the first MIDI-equipped drum machine, was introduced in 1984. While only 10,000 units were manufactured, this lil’ beige box gave forward-thinking producers in Chicago, New York, Detroit and London the ability to collectively forge the blueprint of hip-hop, house and techno.
All these years later the 909’s influence continues to be heard. We asked producers intimate with the Roland TR-909 to wax poetic about this magical machine that’s been the heartbeat of several generations.
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Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last couple of years, odds are you’re at least passingly familiar with Jerry Seinfeld’s web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, where he takes a ride with a different comic in each episode, on their way to have coffee, shooting the breeze about everything and anything along the way. Well now that concept has extended to the DJ world, at least for one video, in the form of DJs in Cars Reviewing Promos. The DJs in question are Demuir and Mark Farina, and in the clip, which is about the length of its Seinfeld-starring inspiration, they do exactly what the title promises.
If you ever thought the life of a DJ was glamorous, this video will disabuse you of that notion pretty quickly, as you watch Demuir and Farina drive around Toronto, discussing such pulse-pounding topics as the Demuir remix that Chuck Love refused, fishing and the navigation of the Starbucks drive-thru as they make an espresso run. Along the way they check out a few new tracks from Chuck Love, Brothers Behind the Light, and others. So, are you longer for it to turn into a series yet?
In our 2014 Rewind feature Toronto house producer Demuir was stoked about Mark Farina releasing a pair of his EPs on Great Lakes Audio label, humbly sharing that “I feel that I have grown in many areas of my life and the progress has been reflected in my music and those I have come into contact with.”
Demuir’s maturation continues to soar in the right direction. Next month he kicks his career into high gear by releasing his Past To Future EP on DJ Sneak’s I’m A House Gangster imprint. On three riveting and diverse cuts doused with some seriously sick beats, Demuir explores bumping’ jack-astic Chicago (“Whatcuwhooooant?!”), deep house (“Drama Untied”) and raw dance floor funk (“The Cheerleader”).
In advance of his big release on IAHG, we asked the man himself to talk up fives tunes that are rocking his world.
Demuir’s Past To Future EP will be released on March 16, 2015 on I’m A House Gangster. Catch him at NYC Swing on March 7 in Toronto. Continue Reading