Berlin was the setting for Benjamin Damage and Doc Daneeka’s recording sessions, but the UK was in the influence for this double act as they took its club sounds of funky, deep house and tech house to Germany. The result is They! Live, picked up by Modeselektor’s 50 Weapons label after the famed electronica duo received single “Creeper” on New Year’s Eve and promptly played it to their San Francisco audience to welcome in 2011. The album’s about more than just hauntingly danceable tunes though, and it’s easy to see why they got signed to 50 Weapons on New Year’s Day.
Opener “No One” has a Burial tinge with atmospherics and the eerie vocals – though the 4×4 beats make for a more immediate impact in its mid-section before the rhythm is stripped back to the whistful chords. The dreamy close continues into “Battleships” featuring Abigail Wyles’s astral singing but Damage and the Doc shift into direct techno for “Deaf Siren” and their doom-laden “Creeper” which is infectiously sinistar in a satisfying way.
Their melodies are soulful and they’ll destroy some dancefloors with their beats.
They go for a soaring epic on “Charlottenburg” and succeed admirably before “Halo”, again featuring Wyles, acts as a pallette reset which gives her talents a chance to shine over Damage and Daneeka’s minimal beats and synths. “Juggernaut” is a lot like an off cut “Creeper” chopped into glitchy electro and they opt for full pelt techno on “Elipsis Torment” ahead of the climatic tech house bliss of “Bleach & Penicillin”.
Benjamin Damage & Doc Daneeka made an instant impact on Modeselektor when they first heard their music, and with this album the Swansea pair should win more instant fans the moment they come into contact with their lush first offering. Suitable for the home and the club, their melodies are soulful and they’ll destroy some dancefloors with their beats. They most certainly live!