For the first time since launch, Renaissance Records drop a Various Artists EP; called Merin,it features HeÎk, Rob Hes, UNDERHER & Shades of Blk, Woe.
It may seem strange to say that, but it’s true, in all of the brand’s near thirty-year history, it has never dipped its toe in the water of V/As. The ‘Merin’ EP (FYI, Merin is Yoruba for four) will – you guessed it – always feature four key cuts from the planet’s best and marks its debut with a diverse haul that looks across three continents to present a multi-genre package.
Renaissance Merin EP in short
Freshly minted from his Øostil partnership, Mexico’s HeÎk demonstrates his solo-studio prowess with ‘Eunoia’, a powerful, yet beautiful melodic techno ride; Holland’s Rob Hes provides ‘Undivided’, which has a similar style and feel so we guess you could consider it a Europe vs South America MH&T-showdown. The winner, of course, is entirely up to you!
The other half of the package goes solely to Canada and comes courtesy of three of Montreal’s brightest talents – UNDERHER & Shades Of Blk and Woe. UNDERHER’s collaboration with Shades Of Blk, ‘Yesterday’, further confirms his status as one of the finest vocal-driven producers at work today; featuring the haunting vocals of Eleonora, the track walks the deft line between deep and organic, and will likely find favor with both camps. Woe, on the other hand, takes things into indie territory with ‘Episode’, a twisted, dark, arp-infused composition that will no doubt delight and terrify in equal measure.
Early supporters of the ‘Merin’ EP include Dubfire, Dave Seaman, Fur Coat, Pig & Dan, Hernan Cattaneo, Soul Button, Claude Von Stroke, Anthony Pappa, BLANCAh, 8Kays, Julian Wassermann, and Raphael Mader.