After four impressive releases from the likes of Ossie and Behling & Simpson, 2020 Midnight Visions kicks of its attack on 2013 with a new EP from the UK’s Doc Daneeka. Last year saw Doc team up with Benjamin Damage for a well received full length on 50 Weapons, They Live!, which stood apart for its pioneering hybridisation of house, bass and techno. Here, on his own terms, Doc explores a more extroverted, melodically rich variant of bass heavy house across all four tracks.
‘Day By Day’ slowly percolates on lush pads and skippy percussion until flourishing into a reserved yet euphoric track with the arrival of a gauzy old soul sample. From there warm pulses of sub bass prop the lush and rousing arrangement until the end.
‘Just Say The Words’ is another cautiously joyous track with nimble neon chords bringing plenty of dynamism to the buried deep cry of “yes I will”. Rubbery beats sound clean and crisp, lending a most modern and contemporary edge to this new school house template.
B1 sees ‘Everyday’ teasing out frazzled synth lines above a booming bottom end that bounces in time with another wellplaced diva wail. Shades of Julio Bashmore lurk within and the end result is familiar feelings of house joy achieved in fresh and unfamiliar ways. Finally, ‘Sunset to Neath’ is of a darker, deeper mood, where prowling sub tones lend menace to the chill of icy chords up
top. It closes out an EP that proves Doc Daneeka is continuing to evolve as fast the hybrid scene in which he operates.
Published: 5th March 2013