TOTD // 07/10 // Tom Demac

Published: October 7, 2016, words by Undefined author

Tom Demac’s productions these days belie a restlessness that has characterised his musical development. Having grown up a metal fan, cut his electronic music teeth on teenage raving to hardcore and gabba in his native Wales and confessed in previous interviews to having ‘loads of ideas, but most just end up binned or forgotten’, one might expect a less self-assured output. On the contrary, Demac’s sets are propelled along by a confidence in their own groove and melodic fervour. Full-bodied basslines and pounding kickdrums lay a foundation for soaring deep house tracks that provide dancefloor workouts and emotional release in equal measure. His remixes for indie acts such as Metronomy and Ardyn work in much the same way, amplifying the originals’ euphoric elements through unashamedly grandiose crescendos.

This patient build from deep, steady roots to euphoric catharsis is a characteristic also commonly found in Demac’s DJ sets. For instance, his FACT mix grows from his eerie, static-laden remix of Gazelle Twin’s ‘Good Death’, ebbing and flowing via his excellent ‘Beckett’s Racket’ and Mia Dora’s menacing ‘Un Sub’, before taking a brighter turn with the emotional uplift of the R-A-G remix of Aroy Dee’s ‘Pure’, then delivering the killer blow through the perfectly deployed melodrama of Traumprinz’s remix of Efdemin’s ‘Parallaxis’. It is a masterclass in build and release, and a perfect demonstration of Demac’s skills in getting both your feet moving and your hair standing on end.

It is these qualities that led us to invite him in for today’s Tracks Of The Day. We’ll leave you with Tom to tell you the idea behind his selection:

“I’ve had a bit of a break from releasing any original material of late, spending a lot of time in the studio working on an onslaught of jams for 2017. One thing I have been busy releasing though is remixes, so I thought I’d pay homage to some of my favourites over the years. A kind of ‘When heroes have a go at remixing’ playlist I suppose…”

Catch Tom spinning a host of these new cuts on 15th October here.

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DBX

Losing Control (Carl Craig remix)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“A hero remixing another hero’s seminal, minimal classic – nuff said.”
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Walter Jones

All God’s Children (Maurice Fulton Remix)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Maurice Fulton is just so consistent, annoyingly creative with synthesizers. This one’s a bit of an unknown gem and always has the sound engineer clambering for the gains thinking the speakers blown when you play it… To me that’s a positive thing.”
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Who Made Who

Keep me In My Plane (DJ Koze remix)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“I think for the last 15 years DJ Koze has been the most creative remixer on earth. Just incredible attention to detail and originality in everything he does. This remix is a stone cold boat party classic.”
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La Funk Mob

Motor Bass Get Phunked Up (Richie Hawtin Electrophunk remix)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“If only Richie still had a bald head, glasses and was too shy to look at the crowd, he was sooo fuckin’ good back then! Absolute monster remix this.”

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