Danny O – The Realm
Label: Seamless DeepScore: 8/10
Seamless Deep is an offshoot of the similarly-titled longstanding British label, Seamless. While other labels have been criticized for ‘cashing in’ on the current preoccupation with all things ‘deep house’, the label’s penchant for the more discerning side of the scale appears genuine, especially where Danny O’s The Realm EP.
Sure, if we’re being pedantic then we’d label this one ‘tech-house’, although to give it its dues, it is at least tech-house of a classy and enjoyable dancefloor persuasion. It’s the title-number that gets us off to a flyer, and like the lyrics proclaim, it really is something for “your mind, your body and your soul”. Full of clever strings and suspense aplenty, it’s full of while noise, frantic kicks and various other seductive timbres. A big-room anthem if ever there was one.
Next up is the more restrained ”Saturday Vibe”, a track that’s built around a seriously emphatic bassline that’s dripping with sophisticated vibes. Its organ tones force parallels with vintage MK productions; and if that’s the attitude Danny O was looking top capture, then this one can be safely considered a job well done. Culminating the rich package is the sounds of ”Pleasure From Poison”. Again, O doesn’t hold back in his pursuit of the ‘floor, with its popping beats and its various intricate melodies marking this one out as one to watch. A winter warmer with roots in the Balearics, there’s plenty to get down to here.