The follow-up to Drone Logic from 2013, Song For Alpha sees Avery dig even deeper than its predecessor, into a place where subtle ambient textures overlap stunningly produced psychedelic dancefloor moments that sound a world apart from the current widely-accepted definition of techno. This is Avery’s world, creating almost cinematic backdrops to pin his machine-like rhythms to. A world where deep chords and 303 meanderings, completely drowning in layers of reverb,
make way for warm and sophisticated melodies that provide a contrasting light to the prevailing darkness. On Song for Alpha, Daniel Avery manages to almost join the dots back to a time when the UK was the dominant force in global techno, while at the same time providing a perspective that sounds as fresh and forward-thinking as anything out there at the moment. If you are looking for the perfect antidote to the bargain-bin techno of today, then look no further, this is quite possibly the record you need.
Where to start:
‘Projector’ – completely mesmerising.
‘Slow Fade’ – AFX referencing wonderment.
‘Diminuendo’ – next-gen Alphawave.
Daniel Avery – Drone Logic (Phantasy Sound).
Daniel Avery – Free Floating (Phantasy Sound).
If you like this then check out:
Artificial Intelligence (Warp Records).
System 7 – Alphawave (Plastikman Remix) (Plus 8).
Daniel Avery – Song For Alpha is out now on Phantasy Sound.