CloudSourcing: Daniel Avery
A rocker who discovered dance music not too long ago, Londoner Daniel Avery has enjoyed meteoric success on the global dance floor despite once having “zero aspirations of becoming a full-time DJ.” A protégé of Erol Alkan, Avery has released EPs on Alkan's Phantasy Sounds and just issued a blindingly good Fabriclive 66 mix featuring several of his own productions as well as tracks from Miss Kittin, Simian Mobile Disco and Compuphonic. Having added an interesting sonic wrinkle to the tattered fabric of dance music, Avery continues on his endless search for inspiration and good music. Here he selects five of his favorite artists on SoundCloud, offering his thoughts on why each one is important to him.
Daniel Avery's Fabriclive 66 is out on November 19.
Hailing from Lisbon, Photonz are quite possibly the most underrated producers in the world right now. Their music takes risks and chances but always works on dancfloors in that way that proper acid house should. Everyone needs to check them out.
2. Matt Walsh
The man with the best hair in techno. Matt runs Clouded Vision, one of the most exciting new labels around and something that could easily become London's answer to Kompakt. His own productions channel that amazing spirit of electroclash but in his own unique way.
3. Eskimo Twins
2013 is going to be Eskimo Twins' year. With their latest record they've managed to nail that "big room" mentality without ever veering into dumb histrionics. Coming from a DJ background, they know exactly how to make a floor react.
4. Timothy J Fairplay / Scott Fraser
I'm cheating by picking two acts together but there is nothing to choose between them. Working out of Andrew Weatherall's Shoreditch bunker (somewhere you'll often find me working), Tim and Scott make low-slung electronic music with a nod to the past but with a very modern pulse. This track is one remixing the other and is maybe my favorite record of the last year.
5. Forward Strategy Group
Industrial techno but with a proper swagger to it that still makes people dance in dark nightclubs. Check out the album on Perc Trax.