DJ Dave Seaman's new Therapy company acts as a party host, DJ agency, and record label, with Therapy Sessions being their first major release. There are two distinct mixes here, one that goes for filling the floor and one that goes for freeing the mind. Seaman goes for the slick and upbeat with a heavy dose of tribal. If it wasn't for the lack of wailing divas and the extra helping of dark, rolling bass, Seaman's set is so outgoing it could be mistaken for one by Louie DeVito on a more moody night. Things ramp up smoothly to a stomping finish, but pay close attention to Ernest Saint Laurent's "Do Ya Dub" and its shuffling electro meets handclap disco beat. Taking over on the second disc -- apparently a place where other up-and-coming DJs will be featured in future editions of Therapy Sessions -- newcomer Phil K. starts off abstract, gets spacy, and then lays down some seriously funky breaks. The DJ is in no hurry to get to the beat, but club kids who skip ahead will miss out on all the dark drama Phil K.'s keen sense of pacing brings. Layering Derrick Carter's "Where U At" over Andy Page's "Mr. Rush" makes an already sinister track even scarier, but the slick sounds of the Crystal Method soon follow to bring listeners back to reality. The Crystal Method end up sounding the least fresh out of all the selections here -- and that's including Seaman's disc -- but one fair number to add star power to the track listing is forgivable. A showcase-styled series of all Therapy has to offer, Therapy Sessions is off to a great start. Hopefully, Seaman will keep giving his protégés the freedom to focus on the innovative side of club music.
AllMusic Review by David Jeffries
Track Listing - Disc 1
Track Listing - Disc 2