Danu5ik—the stage name for Edmontonian DJ and producer Daniel Lee—offers up a hefty serving of London-influenced Deep House music on his debut album From Sea to Kanata.
Looking to start off with a record that will be well-received by a diverse audience, Danu5ik serves a cool cocktail of sounds that are one part mellow and one part grungy. “Journey,” situated near the beginning of the Lp, is a soft welcome to the next 50 minutes or so with its ringing piano and droning low vocals. “I’m here, honey,” a female voice chimes. Danu5ik is here indeed. Both the title of this track and of the album itself are nods to Danu5ik’s recent move to Edmonton from London, United Kingdom. From Sea to Kanata, Daniel told me in a previous interview, is a tribute to Canada.
Like Deadmau5’s “Raise Your Weapon,”—albeit much shorter—“Colours in your Eyes,” builds from mellow vibes to up-tempo house. On “Falling,” echoic beats jump between the channels. The song is sprinkled with an array of ambient sounds, that fall away like gentle rain drops. Danu5ik evokes similar sensations in his remix of indie electronic duo Lemaitre’s “Continuum.” One of the more layered tracks on the album is “Nothing.” The buzz of a chattering crowd situates the listener within a social hub. “Nothing is forever/ Nothing is for real,” a female voice chants over hypnotic harmonizing synths.
“Without You (Let’s Escalate),” features seductive raspy male vocals: “I want you to pull in me/ I want you to wake me up/ I want you to give me/ Everything you can.” The album’s title track, “From Sea to Kanata,” slowly builds in intensity with its charging lasers, pounding bass, and snappy hi-hats. In moments like these, Daniel gives us a taste of the heavier, progressive production that will be much more prevalent in his upcoming sophomore album, Elysian.
Stream the entire Lp below on Spotify.