Daniel Avery is a former record store clerk, current Fabric resident and clearly a man of refined taste. And now,
discovered by Erol Alkan and hyped as a next big thing by Andy Weatherall, he’s trying to condense all hisfavourite records into his own debut. Accordingly,
we get ‘Exit Planet Dust’-era Chemicals intermeshed with ‘Rez’-era Underworld Avery ,
among plenty of other nods towards electronic greats, but sadly without the energy or intensity of either.
Avery’s DJ sets are sprawling, trippy affairs, but while his debut has similar aims, the medium lets him down – where he can spend several hours in a club establishing a mesmerising acid house.
with Connan’s eccentric pysch pop. “We’re in Walley Range, but the house is really nice so I just stay inside.”
He laments a time when he was more in touch with nature, in the Sussex town of Lewes and in the vineyards of Te Awanga, where he figures he’d be working were it not for his mother’s encouragement. “You just need
somewhere that’s relaxing, near to an airport and where
it’s nice to go outside. That’s important.”
Connan surfs, too, which suits his tangled, shockblonde beachhead and messianic, stars-aligning whisper.
I’m surprised to hear that he’s never tried meditation, although he imagines it’s a lot like surfing, or playing live – activities that exist wholeheartedly in the present. “When a live show is right, it’s over like that,” he says,
clicking his fingers
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