It's not every day that you come across a track that's nearly impossible to categorize, but DEMUR's got that for days. The L.A.-based DJ/producer and avant-garde provocateur makes music intended to serve as one component of a bigger social statement, and "Stairs" is his latest single towards that end.
"Stairs" is closer to drum and bass than anything else, but its use of rock and instrumental samples likens it stylistically to what acts like The Prodigy and The Chemical Brothers put out around the turn of the millennium. A crisp male vocal rings out over much of the arrangement, making for more of a cerebral experience than that of a typical electronic music track.
In regards to the statement his music is intended to convey, DEMUR has told Billboard that he means to call out ghostwriting and other disingenuous practices that run rampant in the music industry. For this reason, he's adopted visual motifs that mimic 1940s totalitarian propaganda - like the banner image on his SoundCloud profile, which depicts a "DUTCH DJ CLONING FACILITY."
For the unique role that his music serves in what could be construed as the otherwise complacent culture surrounding dance music, DEMUR is sure to turn some heads as he puts additional releases under his belt. In the meantime, listen to "Stairs" in the SoundCloud player above and tell us what you think.