hmv.com presents... Albums Of 2015: #11 Daniel Avery
Every day during January we’re going to be previewing the albums that are going to be hitting the shelves in 2015. Most will definitely come out, some probably will, and some we really hope finally see the light of day (we’re looking at you Adele…). Today we get all excited over the return of Daniel Avery.
A Little Background…
Hailing from the south coast town of Bournemouth, Daniel Avery had been steadily building a reputation as a DJ for several years, playing eclectic sets at local club nights nights like Project Mayhem before graduating to sets at London's BarFly and celebrated nightclub Fabric. At the latter, he came to the attention of Erol Alkan and became a regular fixture at the DJs Bugged Out nights, producing a mix CD for Fabric and working alongside such dance music luminaries as the legendary Andy Weatherall.
Despite all this, his reputation was somewhat confined to the underground dance music scene he inhabited, but that began to change when his debut album, 2013's superb Drone Logic, began to come to the attention of some of the music press' more mainstream journalists. Despite its October release date, before long Drone Logic was creeping its way into any number of end-of-year 'best album' lists.
The most striking thing about Avery's debut, release on Alkan's Phantasy Sound imprint, is the singularity of its sound in a landscape of EDM and Dubstep. About as far removed from the output of acts like Steve Aoki and Deadmau5 as it's possible to be, Drone Logic's hypnotic grooves are more influenced by early acid house and techno records than anything else. Oddly, it's this that made him stand out from the pack and endeared him to many new fans, with the album's pulsing yet spacey tracks taking the listener on a real journey.
Having ridden a wave of success that has seen the DJ spinning records at festivals all over the world in recent months, at the beginning of November last year he stated via his Twitter account that he was “Finally getting some new music finished” and “excited to be back in the studio.”
What Will It Sound Like?
No new tracks have surfaced yet and Mr. Avery is playing his cards close to his chest so far, so its unclear exactly how far into the process he is at this stage. Fans of Drone Logic will be hoping for another helping of trippy, acid-influenced techno, but Avery's live sets are all about blending different genres, so it will be interesting to see what he does next.
Who's Producing It? Are There Any Big-Name Guests?
We'd expect it to be self-produced, but there's no word on guests yet, and since there were no special guests on his debut it wouldn't be a surprise if it's just Avery himself.
Will It Really Come Out This Year? And When?
Again, we're not sure, but we certainly hope so. The fact that he's made a start will be encouraging for fans of his debut. All we can say is that we can't wait.