Poirier (CA)

Few other Montrealers have played such a consistently evolving role in the Canadian development of forward-thinking hip-hop permutations, but then again few people can match Poirier’s intensity and work ethic.

Somewhat unexpectedly, his career got started in 2001 with Il N’y A Pas de Sud, a bristling and microscopic ambient album on Taylor Deupree’s 12k imprint. From there, he began opening up his sound, moving steadily into the hip-hop framework with albums on the experimental Montreal label Intr_version; Miami’s home of abstract hip-hop, Chocolate Industries, and the San Francisco ragga dancehall label Shockout.

An ambassador of all music brimming with deep bass, in 2007 he moved over the Ninja Tune, where his sound has matured into the popular and proudly Quebecois synth-infused soca and reggae hybrids he will bring to MUTEK_10.

Pré Nocturne: Roland Showcase
MUTEK 2011, montreal

Society for Arts and Technology [SAT] 01/06/2011

Drawing from a wide range of tropical riddims and urban electro, the power of Montreal-based DJ/producer Poirier’s bass blasts through any flimsy attempt to classify his music. Pinpointing the bits and pieces of dancehall beats, soca energy and electronic intensity is futile in the face of Poirier’s dance driven creativity and air horn-worthy excitement. Signed to Ninja Tune, this is a man who just understands what works in the dance.
Poirier is constantly evolving. Landscapes of vibrant drums lead to pulsating, pitch-shifting, and infectious bass and synth patterns. He tears through new genres constantly, leaving a trail of packed, chaotic dancefloors in his wake. From his legendary Bounce Le Gros parties in Montreal, sell off events for two years running, to his new party, the bigger, better, bass-ier Karnival, Poirier has been unstoppable in his ability to mash styles, expand minds, and move crowds.

NOCTURNE 3: Bounce le Monde

Metropolis 30/05/2009

Few other Montrealers have played such a consistently evolving role in the Canadian development of forward-thinking hip-hop permutations, but then again few people can match Poirier’s intensity and work ethic.

Somewhat unexpectedly, his career got started in 2001 with Il N’y A Pas de Sud, a bristling and microscopic ambient album on Taylor Deupree’s 12k imprint. From there, he began opening up his sound, moving steadily into the hip-hop framework with albums on the experimental Montreal label Intr_version; Miami’s home of abstract hip-hop, Chocolate Industries, and the San Francisco ragga dancehall label Shockout.

An ambassador of all music brimming with deep bass, in 2007 he moved over the Ninja Tune, where his sound has matured into the popular and proudly Quebecois synth-infused soca and reggae hybrids he will bring to MUTEK_10.

EX-CENTRIS 2

Ex-Centris 30/05/2002

Newly-arrived in the minimal techno sphere, Ghislain Poirier has built himself a solid reputation by releasing his first recording on Taylor Deupree's label, 12k. This Montreal artist, not unlike Deupree at the beginning of his career, prefers controlled melodic spaces that are built carefully on throbbing but discreet rhythmic foundations. Ghislain relies on patience and a mastery of his diverse influences (minimal techno, funk, African music) to create a work that is sensitive and eloquent.

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