When London is troubled, the residents can feel it. For the last two years, South London trio DEMS made music and visuals in a Guardians space in the ruin of an abandoned post office in South London. Now, as has so much of London, that space has been taken by developers, sold off to make flats for the 1%, and the artists and makers and journalists trying to turn cheap rent into a living have been scattered.
The identity of London is fragmenting, the kids are fucked off, and DEMS reflect this in their music. The first of a series of new tracks asking what the city will become, Gold is one of DEMS’ lyrically darkest moments, contrasted with their most hugely exuberant pop chorus so far – a huge leap in distortion and power from debut album Muscle Memory and its critical praise from Mistajam, Huw Stephens, The Guardian, Aesthetica, i-D, Line Of Best Fit, MOJO and more.
Ranging back and forth across the “the state of St Albans” and the freakouts and breakups of its overwhelmed, jaded residents, DEMS’ new work is a huge step forward in sonic depth and thematic range for the three-piece. FIELDS is excited to bring the first of these new works to you. Stream ‘Gold’ below.
Evil Nine do not mess about, taking Dems’ shimmering vocals and instrumentation back to the warehouse with this dark, ravey rework of ‘Wake’. This uncompromising, industrial reimagining sees the legendary Brighton duo collaborating with the London band for a second time, having previously remixed their debut release, ‘House’. Off the back of their recent Solar Black Rays EP, Evil Nine continue to pioneer the way in underground dance music with their pitched down jungle experimentations.
‘Ghost feat. Patrick Baker’, the first single from the forthcoming debut album from Lane 8 is a brooding atmospheric number, now with a music video to match.
Simmering with melancholic melodies and emotive atmospherics, the song is the first taste of new music from the anticipated album ‘Rise’, set for release on Anjunadeep this summer. Released as an instant grat download alongside the album pre-order, the track is a contemplative song about lost love and broken hearts. The video, directed by UK collective DEMS works the emotion into a story of a crew of bikers torn apart by a love triangle.
“To me, Ghost is a song about unreturned love, and the feeling of invisibility that can go along with it. We wanted that emotional landscape to be explored in the video and really loved DEMS’ approach. I feel they created something aesthetically rich and textured, while also telling an interesting and relatable story.” – Lane 8
An emotional 10-track journey across beautiful melodic instrumentals, leftfield pop moments and quirky electronica, the confident ‘Rise’ represents a bold, bright coming of age for an act who burst onto the scene with a flurry of Hype Machine #1s and stand-out remixes of diverse dance titans like ODESZA, Eric Prydz and Above & Beyond.
Featuring vocal turns from Solomon Grey, Ghostly International’s Matthew Dear and Patrick Baker among others, ‘Rise’ also features standout instrumentals such as the romantic techno vibes of the title track and the Joris Voorn-inspired ‘Klara’ – touching on the DJ sound that has won him so many fans on recent tours.
Out 17th July on Anjunadeep.
Directed by collaborator Tom Mustill, ‘Wake’ is the latest video to emerge from Dems’ debut LP, ‘Muscle Memory,’ alongside a stellar remix package. The film takes its inspiration from the nostalgic cinema motif of the taxi driver, using dramatic aerials and a surreal passenger experience to reflect the uneasy climactic build of the song. As film-makers as well as musicians, experimental and left-field video production has been integral to the band’s debut album and wider DIY aesthetic, from the spontaneous contemporary dance routine of the title track to the dreamlike societal musings of ‘Never Have Never Will.’
The much vaunted electronic trio from South London have spent the last year garnering a devoted fan base as well as achieving widespread critical acclaim. With radio support from the likes of Huw Stephens and Rob Da Bank and after being hand picked by Azealia Banks to open for her at her show at Brixton Academy in November, they are ready to pick up the dreamy electronica mantle and make 2015 their own.
Vocally, singer Dan Moss is reminiscent of James Blake, the dulcet South London croon juxtaposing seamlessly with the glitchy noise created by his bandmates. DEMS make unflinchingly beautiful progressive songs that will comfortably sit alongside such luminaries as The XX, Kindness or SOHN.
Much vaunted electronic trio from South London DEMS released their debut album ‘Muscle Memory’ last November. Vocally, lead singled Moss is reminiscent of James Blake, the dulcet South London croon juxtaposing seamlessly with the glitchy noise created by his bandmates. DEMS make unflinchingly beautiful progressive songs that will comfortably sit alongside such luminaries as The XX, Kindness or SOHN.
From its pulsating melancholy introduction through to its relentless arpeggiating culmination, Blacksmif takes the beating electronic heart of ‘Made For Myself’ and meticulously transforms it into his very own soulful shuffling masterpiece. The beatmaker-turned-songwriter championed by the likes of Mary Anne Hobbes and Fact Magazine and signed to RAMP Recordings has a rare eye for detail and a knack for channeling and absorbing lyrical meaning through his array of electronic instrumentation. As beautiful as it is danceable, this wonderfully thoughtful interpretation cries out for repeat listens.
“Remixing this particular track from DEMS was quite an interesting step for me. Historically the remix offers i get have always had a more dancefloor-ready element too them. This time however, i was working with a track that’s a lot deeper and emotive in it’s nature. I actually found myself thinking from the perspective of music made to fit with films or a specific plot-line / narrative when i approached this remix. It just seemed to lend itself to that general epic, climatic trajectory, but i think what was important to me was to recreate in a way that didn’t veer too far from it’s original multi-instrumentalist feel rather than contrarily sounding too computer-processed / synthesised.” Blacksmif
We’ve already blogged about ‘Muscle Memory’, the hugely anticipated debut LP from DEMS, set for release on November 29th 2014 via Sew In Love Records. The much vaunted electronic trio from South London have now shared another track off the LP, Night Tales. Check it out below.
Set for release on November 3rd 2014 via Sew In Love Records, ‘Muscle Memory’ is the hugely anticipated debut LP from DEMS. The much vaunted electronic trio from South London have spent the last year garnering a devoted fanbase as well as achieving widespread critical acclaim. ‘Atmospheric’ is a word thrown around far too freely, but this record creates a nuanced ethereal landscape, punctuated by Dan Moss’ naggingly haunting vocals.
The band are a collective, indebted to the co-operative, multi-faceted creative unions of the past. From the shared space/studio/shoot location in Balham, South London to their insistence on creating their own identity through their artwork – they deploy a hands-on approach to their craft. “It’s been the creative hub for most things we do. We have shot lots of the music videos there, had choirs and string groups come over for recording sessions, put on intimate shows and recorded and produced the whole of ‘Muscle Memory’ from a beautiful iron and leather desk we found here.”
Vocally, Moss is reminiscent of James Blake, the dulcet South London croon juxtaposing seamlessly with the glitchy noise created by his bandmates. DEMS make unflinchingly beautiful progressive songs that will comfortably sit alongside such luminaries as The XX, Kindness or SOHN.
The band sum up the LP thusly “A good friend told us that the album carries ‘a hopeful darkness’ all the way through, which is a vindication of the vision we have been trying to achieve with Muscle Memory”
After a successful run at SXSW in March and huge radio support from the likes of Rob Da Bank and Huw Stephens, DEMS are ready to pick up the dreamy electronica mantle and make 2014 their own.