The Cologne-based duo make their debut on Eelke Kleijn's label
Danito & Athina hail from Cologne, Germany and their unique sound is a heady, underground mix of tech-house and progressive house that has previously found a home on some great labels including Stil Vor Talent, Crossfrontier Audio, Eklektisch, Jeudi, Movement and Sudbeat. Now, they come to Eelke Kleijn's DAYS Like NIGHTS with new single Stay With Me.
This release features both an Extended Mix, a sumptuous affair that is over 10 minutes long, and a shorter version. It's the Extended Mix that draws me in like a moth to a flame, kicking off with a simple kickdrum and a one-note string line. The vocals then arrive, in the form of a repeated “stay” and some other samples that are there for their rhythmic sound only as the backbeat gets more sublime and interesting with the addition of a bassline, breathy pads and some form of plucked stringed instrument that I don't recognise, but that suits it to a tee. There's a great synth lead as well, which makes this release into a very hook-laden tech/prog houser that's warm and inviting, yet dramatic and very danceable to. As the track progresses the vocal adds more words but is kept minimal, and you are enveloped in the track's warmth and presence.
The shorter version is a mini-masterpiece as well, but for maximum effect I highly recommend that you head straight to the Extended Mix - it's truly glorious.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 28 February
Review Score: 8