From time to time, a new name will appear on the scene with a unique, standout sound that commands people at all levels of the industry to sit up and take notice. Following two sold-out EPs on his vinyl-only imprint, Semi Delicious, UK producer Demi Riquísimo is one such example and on the 9th August he’ll be teaching another lesson on how to ignite the dancefloor with his third release of the year: 54 Reasons EP.
Another four-track, tour-de-force fusion of house, disco and electro, the 54 Reasons EP opens with ‘Bow UFO’ – an upbeat, percussive Disco-fused banger on which Demi gives us a taste of summer by bringing in synthy notes and adding an acidic edge to the track. A2’s ‘Anxious Elephants’ neatly follows on with its deeper, darker sonics, a groove-filled bassline and hypnotic lyrics, topped off with warm pads and soft flute instruments to perfectly balance things out. Flipping over the wax and you’ll find two more on-point cuts: ‘Point One’ delivers with its effortlessly rolling, Disco-tinged groove, as ’54 Reasons’ closes out the EP In a big way, leaving listeners with no questions regarding the enviable talent on display throughout Demi’s productions.
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“I’m completely overwhelmed by the support for my first two EPs on my label, Semi Delicious. SEMID003 “54 Reasons” is an honour to the conception of electronic music. Starting in the mid-70s with venues like Studio 54 and producer Gorgio Moroder, into the early 80s with Afrobeat, 90s with Acid House and the 00s when I started to party and listen to the Electro movement, artists like Booka Shade, Erol Alkan and Justice… All the way to the present time – the best time, as it’s a cocktail of all of these eras!” – Demi Riquísimo
Just a few months after the release of his debut EP, Demi has already amassed the kind of support that seasoned veterans can only hope for – multiple plays of every track from SEMID002 on BBC Radio 1 by Danny Howard, Pete Tong, Annie Mac and Eats Everything, and DJ support that includes names like Skream, Optimo, Dusky, Ậme, Horse Meat Disco and even Busy P who described it as “just perfect”. With the diary now filling up with sets at Glastonbury, El Dorado and Gottwood this summer, before an Autumn run of the UK’s biggest club events, 2019 is certainly shaping up to be a game changer for the mysterious Demi Riquísimo.