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Canoe 11
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3 Track EP Pumpin House Deep House & Nu Disco - Now, this is clever. Rip a sample from an '80s pop hit, but make it just obscure enough that most people won't pick the source straight away. Ears will prickle with pleasurable recognition, and this might be satisfying enough to some. The rest will rack their brains trying to place the sample until the puzzle is finally solved.

This was my experience, anyway, when hearing "Both Of Us Knowing," a track with early support from Job Jobse and Nina Kraviz poised for late summer ubiquity. It's the newest from Nyra, AKA Ryan Davis, a former pro cyclist from Sheffield who has pumped out ten very good EPs on his own Canoe label in the past two years.

On "Both Of Us Knowing," he takes a line from a chart-topping classic, removes the original's synthetic drum heartbeat and replaces it with an arpeggiated bassline (possibly also sampled). The singer’s wordless roar makes it in, as does another two-word repeated snippet ("to hold") but the source is still hard to pin down (I did get it eventually, but I won’t spoil the fun for the rest of you). That Davis has concealed it so well and made it nearly as catchy as the original is some feat.

"Video People" renovates vintage Atari-esque bleeps with pristine edges and chilly rave synths, while "Neon Glance" takes a leaf out of the New Order playbook with hiccuping synths and a rubbery bassline. The EP furthers what his others have already demonstrated: Davis is an exciting tunemaker adept in both sampled disco and pummelling space techno. Still, in spite of fans such as The Black Madonna, he's somewhat flown under the radar. Eleven might be his lucky number.

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After a five year hiatus to concentrate on a career in professional cycling, Sheffield born artist Nyra who is now residing in London is back with a bang. Having launched his own imprint, already gaining masses of support from Jackmaster, Midland, Jacques Renault, Annie Mac, Ben Sims, Krankbrother and more, he is heading back out on the road again. Nyra, aka Ryan Davis, first emerged in 2008. In the years after he soon amassed a solid discography of no frills house and techno that was expertly designed to turbocharge dance floors. His effortlessly effective, inventively rhythmic style found favour with bosses at esteemed labels like Never Learnt, Elastic Dreams and Secretsundaze and saw him play high profile gigs all over Europe from Fabric London to Sonar to ADE. At the same time, he founded influential Sheffield warehouse party Downlo at Dan Sane and welcomed a who’s who of underground heroes from Marcel Fengler to Norman Nodge to Ben UFO and Baby Ford. That party paved the way for the city’s now celebrated Hope Works venue, whilst Ryan himself went on to pursue a career in cycling. It was something he started to fall in love with and he soon ascended through the ranks, getting signed by ever better professional teams. Reaching the top of the sport in the UK, he started getting the music itch once more so is now back with a vengeance and plenty to offer. 2016 saw him make an immediate impact with sets at Carl Cox’s Music is Revolution party in Ibiza as well as an appearance on the Terrace for Sundays at Space. Now he proudly launches Canoe, a new label in cahoots with Oushe—a long time producer, some time Red Bull Music Studio employee and life long friend. Read more on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

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