Dave Seaman's Desire
mix showcases his adventurous ears and bursting crates. He's known for keeping his sets constantly fresh and the quality consistently high, and this double CD shouldn't disappoint his fans. He endearingly refuses to bow down to the whims of the latest club craze, fusing known and unknown cuts, fierce a capellas and dreamy anthems with equal audacity. While these discs may only approximate the flavour you'd get from hearing Seaman in the flesh, give your volume knob a good hard twist and you'll soon hear the funk.
For instance, disc one plunges right in with Ashley Beadle's funked-up mix of A Guy Called Gerald's mesmerising "Humanity" then mashes up a rapid-fire selection of 10 other tracks that would work any progressive house/trance dance floor with the minimum of effort. These include Francois K's sun-kissed twist on Finley Quaye's "Spiritualised", Solid Sessions' "Janiero" and Tom Middleton's experimental disco treatment of Schiller's "Ruhe". All lend light and shade to his anything-goes progressive blueprint. Much to his credit, Seaman avoids the predictable clichés of build-up and release, relying instead on a fluid, evolving sound. Disc Two offers a somewhat "lost in music" cast, with bass-laden synth tones propelling several of the tracks forward. Elisium (Sasha & Quivver)'s hypnotic "Part One" sparkles beside Blackwatch's excellent "Foreshadow", and Seaman's love for melodic, ethereal tunes is epitomised by the likes of Jimmy Van M's hands-in-the-air cut, "Love Like Sleep". Blended together by a consummate professional, Desire is far beyond the reach of watered-down clones. --Reuben Dessay