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Daniel Avery

Together In Static

    With his now sold out seated and socially distanced live show Together In Static set to take place at London’s recently restored Hackney Church on 29th May across two sittings, matinee and evening, Daniel Avery announces an 11-track album of the same name, comprised of music created exclusively for the performance and set for release on 24th June via Phantasy worldwide and Phantasy/Mute in the United States and Canada. 

    The London-based artist and producer also announces a live stream from the church on 27th May, allowing more fans to experience the immersive performance of previously unheard music combined with the refined and creatively ambitious production Avery has become renowned for. “As with many things this past year, the project took on a power and a life of its own right in front of me,” he explains. “The original idea was to simply play a couple of intimate gigs at Hackney Church during the last lockdown. I started to make music specifically for the shows yet, as plans continued to shift, I fell deeper into the waves. I considered a 12” or an EP but by the time I came up for air, I realised I had a complete record I wanted to share. I feel it’s some of my best work and I’m gassed for you all to hear it.”

    “As the music evolved,” Avery continues, “I also felt it was only fair to shine a brighter light on the live gigs themselves, especially during a time when travel continues to feel like a distant dream. So, on Sunday 27th May we will be presenting a Together in Static global live stream from Hackney Church. It’s been a tough year for everyone so we’ve kept tickets at five pounds.” The album pre-order and tickets for the live stream are live now along with limited edition prints and t-shirts designed by Brad Mead, plus a bundle option.

    Together in Static comes almost a year to the day after Avery’s surprise third studio album Love + Light, released last June in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. Where his previous record was hailed by NME as "a heartfelt eulogy for the hedonism we’re missing this summer,” hope and expectation course through the new album. There is joy in communion, and change is coming.


    TRACK LISTING

    Side A
    Crystal Eyes
    Yesterday Faded
    Nowhere Sound
    The Pursuit Of Joy
    Fountain Of Peace

    Side B
    Together In Static
    A Life That Is Your Own
    Hazel And Gold
    Endless Hours
    The Midnight Sun

    An infrequent but invigorating contributor to Phantasy, U returns with a beguiling new single entitled "Ecstasy" Initially available as a limited pressing with a sleeve designed and printed by U themselves, this haunting return promises to draw the curious into two divine rhythms, transferring unknowable forces and mysterious energies.

    The first side of the artefact portrays "Ecstasy", a wide-eyed and spectral incantation rich in intimacy, whispering voices and earthy psychedelia. Somewhere between machine funk and folk canticle, a sonic gift perhaps for a field in England bathed in moonlight, else a dire basement dripping in energy, "Ecstasy" leaves the system almost spiritually.

    On the contrary, "Morpheus" presents a tougher meditation, a creeping jam with an analogue consciousness, ghostly rave echoes and a conundrum at its heart. The dream seems so real, but what if you can’t wake from it after all?

    STAFF COMMENTS

    says: Futuristic-cosmic-slop anyone?! YUM YUM! Two slow moving, concentric pieces of celestial machine music to help you oil the cogs of your mind.

    TRACK LISTING

    A. Ecstasy
    B. Morpheus

    Love + Light arrives unexpectedly, following Avery’s recent collaborations with Alessandro Cortini on the critically acclaimed Illusion of Time LP (“a record that suggests Godspeed You! Black Emperor in drone mode, reimagining Music For Airports as if the runways were covered in gravel and air traffic control was on strike,” said Loud & Quiet, while Q hailed it “lush mood music to get lost in”) and alongside Roman Flügel under the alias of Noun. Avery’s previous solo album Song For Alpha was released in 2018 to similar acclaim.

    Avery shares, “This record has been a real positive force of energy in my life, to the point where it almost formed itself in front of me. In that same spirit, I wanted to share it with you now, as soon as it was finished. As I started to collect the pieces together, it was apparent that the album would be split into two distinct halves but halves that were inexorably tied together. One could not have existed without the other. Music has always been a source of personal strength for me yet I remain fascinated by the power it can possess of its own volition. Releasing the record in this way, just a couple of weeks after the final note had fallen, felt like a decision made by an outside force yet one I agreed with entirely. Stay safe, friends and I’ll see you on the other side soon. DA xxx”

    STAFF COMMENTS

    says: You only need to stop paying attention for a few short months (since Avery's stunning LP with Allesandro Cortini), and Daniel Avery surprises us with exactly the sound we need to bring us through the cold winter months. Glacial atmospherics mix perfectly with warm saturated synth lines and euphoric pads. Classic Avery and as ever, essential.

    TRACK LISTING

    London Island
    Dusting For Smoke
    Dream Distortion *
    Katana *
    Darlinnn *
    Depth Wish
    Searing Light, Forward Motion
    Infinite Future
    After The Fire
    Into The Arms Of Stillness
    Fuzzwar
    Pure Life
    A Story In E5
    One More Morning

    * (CD ONLY)

    Daniel Avery + Alessandro Cortini

    Illusion Of Time

      Renowned UK producer Daniel Avery and acclaimed experimental musician and Nine Inch Nails synth artist Alessandro Cortini release their debut full-length collaboration, ‘Illusion Of Time’, on Avery's long time home Phantasy Sound.

      Beginning as a collaborative experiment before the pair had even met, Avery and Cortini then worked remotely and free of concept or deadline over several years. The result, finally completed when both artists were touring with Nine Inch Nails in 2018, is a quietly powerful album rooted in trust, process and experimentation.

      “It was very much a shared process,” notes Avery. “I would like to credit Alessandro with his belief that music has a life of its own, as well as the importance he places on the first take... That even something that may be considered out-of-step by some should be respected. Some of the tracks were borne simply out of a tiny synth part, or a bit of tape hiss that we had recorded. And that approach taught me a lot. It’s a record that’s been worked on hard, but not laboured over.”

      “I was a big fan of Daniel’s, and his work always spoke to me in a certain way,’’ explains Cortini. “Then, when we started working together, it just clicked. It’s very hard to explain, but I can always hear the love in his work, and that is true on this record. After our first collaboration, we just kept sending each other music and maintaining that dialogue. Next thing you know, we’re sitting in a hotel room in New York and had finished the record in three hours.”

      TRACK LISTING

      Sun
      Illusion Of Time
      CC Pad
      Space Channel
      Inside The Ruins
      At First Sight
      Interrupted By The Cloud of Light
      Enter Exit
      Water
      Stills

      Five years after his critically acclaimed debut Drone Logic, London-based producer Daniel Avery announces his highly anticipated second album Song For Alpha, set for release on March 9th 2018 through Phantasy. The album is preceded on January 19th by a 4-track limited edition 12” vinyl EP titled Slow Fade.

      The new long player, on which the track ‘Slow Fade’ will appear, follows 2013’s incendiary debut Drone Logic. Upon its release the latter was called “A mesmerising debut" by Mixmag, “Exceptional” by the Times and "A benchmark for so many other dance albums to aspire to" by Dummy, while Pitchfork proclaimed “Avery owns this space.” “Underground dance music with this sort of ambition hasn’t been heard in quite a while", noted Resident Advisor, and Q hailed  "The arrival of a new left­field dance superstar."

      In the years since, Avery has helmed a DJ-Kicks mix CD, resided over a monthly radio show for NTS Live, curated an extensive remix compilation and collaborated on a series of side-projects including a recent collaboration with Nine Inch Nails synth specialist Alessandro Cortini; he has toured relentlessly, cementing a reputation as one of the defining techno DJs of the decade. He has also worked studiously on what he wanted to say next as a producer. 

      With newfound energy and time to develop, Avery’s sonic vocabulary has expanded. Here, the booming sound of the big room is brilliantly countered by the music of the small hours. Where celestial ambient lullabies ‘First Light’ and ‘Days From Now’ sit perfectly next to the mesmeric techno assault of ‘Diminuendo’ and ‘Sensation’; where both ‘Projector’ and ‘Clear’ evoke early rave records, only ones engulfed by waves of beautiful cyclonic distortion. William Basinski, Warp’s Artificial Intelligence, Brian Eno plus his own excursions with Alessandro Cortini all serve as touchstones for a record that sees Avery take his signature psychedelic-electronic sound to new dimensions, a sound that plays to the head as much as the body.


      STAFF COMMENTS

      says: Delicately presented electroacoustic compositions, supported with a finely honed backbone of melodic suggestion and hypnotic rhythmic pulse, Avery once again proves he is one of the masters of his craft.

      TRACK LISTING

      First Light
      Stereo L
      Projector
      TBW17
      Sensation
      Citizen // Nowhere
      Clear
      Diminuendo
      Days From Now
      Embers
      Slow Fade
      Glitter
      Endnote
      Quick Eternity

      Various Artists

      Erol Alkan Reworks Vol. 1

        Phantasy release ‘Reworks Volume 1’, a comprehensive collection of remixes from prodigious DJ and producer Erol Alkan.

        ‘Reworks Volume 1’ is a musical overview of what makes Erol Alkan one of his generation’s most iconic remixers. Framing a corner of his career in perspective - a success in taking on any source material and melding it into something of his own. Alkan’s philosophy towards a remix is to ‘re-produce’ work as if the original never existed. Avoiding methods like the transplanting of a vocal on a contemporary dance beat, or adding a four-to-the-floor 808 kick drum underneath a rock band, Alkan instead takes a considered approach to build something new that offers a fresh and divergent take on the music in front of him.

        This collection of reworks illustrates that his distinct style of remixing is just another layer in what makes Erol Alkan unique to dance music. Unpredictable but equipped with a Midas touch - you never quite know what’s coming but you can count on it to be special, a quality shared between both his DJ sets and his production work. Erol Alkan is a dance music artist with an alternative sensibility, a psychedelic approach and a punk outlook - what makes him stand apart in dance music is what makes him one of the genre’s most enduring and influential artists.

        ‘Reworks Volume 1’ looks back on over a decade of realigning other artists, including his classic versions of Justice’s ‘Waters Of Nazareth’, Connan Mockasin’s ‘Forever Dolphin Love’ and Death From Above 1979’s ‘Romantic Rights’, remixes that have added new perspective and dimensions to the originals, at times performing alchemy, turning rock into dance music on reworks for Franz Ferdinand, Interpol and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and he’s just as comfortable taking on fellow dance music producers like Lindstrøm, Daft Punk and Hot Chip - a connection which lead to the classic rework of ‘Boy From School’.

        The double CD edition brings together 20 reworks across two CDs and comes with a booklet which includes an exclusive interview with Erol Alkan.

        TRACK LISTING

        CD1 
        Tame Impala - Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind (Erol Alkan’s Extended Rework)
        Death From Above 1979 - Romantic Rights (Erol Alkan’s Love From Below Re-Edit)
        Justice - Waters Of Nazareth (Erol Alkan’s Durrr Durrr Durrrrr Re-Edit)
        LA Priest - Engine (Erol Alkan’s Transonic Re-Edit)
        Gonzales - Never Stop (Erol Alkan Rework)
        Kindness - Gee Up (Erol Alkan’s Extended Rework)
        Hot Chip - Boy From School (Erol Alkan’s Extended Rework)
        Scissor Sisters - I Don’t Feel Like Dancing (Erol Alkan’s Carnival Of Light Rework)
        Klaxons - Golden Skans (Erol Alkan’s Ekstra Spektral Rework)
        Connan Mockasin - Forever Dolphin Love (Erol Alkan’s Extended Rework)

        CD2
        Franz Ferdinand - Do You Want To (Erol Alkan’s Glam Racket)
        Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero (Erol Alkan Rework)
        The Emperor Machine - RMI Is All I Want (Erol Alkan Extended Rework
        Daft Punk - The Brainwasher (Erol Alkan’s Horrorhouse Dub)
        New Order - Singularity (Erol Alkan’s Stripped Mix)
        Metronomy - The Bay (Erol Alkan’s Extended Rework)
        MGMT - Congratulations (Erol Alkan Rework)
        Nightworks - Long Forgotten Boy (Erol Alkan’s Extended Rework)
        Beyond The Wizards Sleeve - White Crow (Erol Alkan’s Extended Rework)
        Todd Rundgren, Emil Nikolaisen, Hans-Peter Lindstrøm - Runddans (Erol Alkan’s Extended Rework)

        Various Artists

        Erol Alkan Reworks Vol. 1 - Limited Edition Box Set

          Phantasy release ‘Reworks Volume 1’, a comprehensive collection of remixes from prodigious DJ and producer Erol Alkan.

          ‘Reworks Volume 1’ is a musical overview of what makes Erol Alkan one of his generation’s most iconic remixers. Framing a corner of his career in perspective - a success in taking on any source material and melding it into something of his own. Alkan’s philosophy towards a remix is to ‘re-produce’ work as if the original never existed. Avoiding methods like the transplanting of a vocal on a contemporary dance beat, or adding a four-to-the-floor 808 kick drum underneath a rock band, Alkan instead takes a considered approach to build something new that offers a fresh and divergent take on the music in front of him.

          This collection of reworks illustrates that his distinct style of remixing is just another layer in what makes Erol Alkan unique to dance music. Unpredictable but equipped with a Midas touch - you never quite know what’s coming but you can count on it to be special, a quality shared between both his DJ sets and his production work. Erol Alkan is a dance music artist with an alternative sensibility, a psychedelic approach and a punk outlook - what makes him stand apart in dance music is what makes him one of the genre’s most enduring and influential artists.

          The vinyl box set includes ten classic reworks remastered and spread across five pieces of vinyl, an exclusive interview and download code to the full digital album containing a further 10 reworks. The box is covered in linen with a red foil print.

          TRACK LISTING

          12” 1
          Justice - Waters Of Nazareth (Erol Alkan’s Durrr Durrr Durrrrr Re-Edit)
          Tame Impala - Why Wont You Make Up Your Mind (Erol Alkan’s Extended Rework)
          12” 2
          Scissor Sisters - I Don’t Feel Like Dancing (Erol Alkan’s Carnival Of Light Rework)
          Metronomy - The Bay (Erol Alkan’s Extended Rework)
          Tracklisting
          12” 3
          Hot Chip - Boy From School (Erol Alkan’s Extended Rework)
          Connan Mockasin - Forever Dolphin Love (Erol Alkan’s Extended Rework)
          12” 4
          Franz Ferdinand - Do You Want To (Erol Alkan’s Glam Racket)
          Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero (Erol Alkan Rework)
          12” 5
          Daft Punk - The Brainwasher (Erol Alkan’s Horrorhouse Dub)
          Gonzales - Never Stop (Erol Alkan Rework)

          Justice / Tame Impala

          Erol Alkan Reworks

            Way back when (approx 12 years ago), in those glory days of dingy basements and gaffa taped trainers, a whole new genreration of dancers were taking a journey of musical discovery at the the invitation of one Erol Alkan and his banging clubnight Trash. Electroclash, nu-disco, post-punk, punk-funk, nu rave, techno, there was a fair bit of techno, and indie cuts all rubbed shoulders, pogoed and made out in the middle of the dancefloor, getting totally fucked up as Erol threw them into the blender. This series sees the Phantasy man showcase his ear for a tune and hand for a killer rework with retrospective series of his best reinterpretations.
            Hey, remember "We Are Your Friends"? That Simian cut those French guys turned into the happiest, electro pop winner you'd ever heard. Yeah man, Justice are softies. Oh..wait..no..argghh...what the fuck? This is some heavy shit...yeah...yeah mate...YEAH...this is the new sound!... So went many a conversation when Justice erupted onto the scene in 2006 with the headbanging electro of "Waters Of Nazareth". Not wanted to be shown up by a couple of Frenchies, main man about town Erol snatched the stems and cut the track into a non stop riot of balck metal synths, over-compressed drums and horrorshow organ. Hot shit! Flip the disc and take savour another side of Erol, the mushroom chomping, sunbathing, woodland dwelling psychedelic side which birthed the excellent Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve project. Presumably dressed in some sort of cape, Erol worked his magic on modern-day Aussie nugget "Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind", creating a slice of dancefloor psych you'd expect Todd Rundgren to turn out if his fusion cuts were ever any good.

            Scissor Sisters / Metronomy

            Erol Alkan Reworks

              Way back when (approx 12 years ago), in those glory days of dingy basements and gaffa taped trainers, a whole new genreration of dancers were taking a journey of musical discovery at the the invitation of one Erol Alkan and his banging clubnight Trash. Electroclash, nu-disco, post-punk, punk-funk, nu rave, techno, there was a fair bit of techno, and indie cuts all rubbed shoulders, pogoed and made out in the middle of the dancefloor, getting totally fucked up as Erol threw them into the blender. This series sees the Phantasy man showcase his ear for a tune and hand for a killer rework with retrospective series of his best reinterpretations.
              There's a bit in the CD booklet for this series about 'rework vs remix', and Erol's Scissor Sisters remix is a case in point. It's not a makeover, it's a full on Kylie Jenner facial overhaul. Aptly dubbed "Carnival Of Light" rework, Erol replaces the disco sparkle of the original with Goa electronics, festival ready beats and a sort of Michael Mayer in Rio levity. VG. Turn the page and Erol takes on Metronomy single "The Bay" from the AOR-tinged "English Riviera", upping the electronics, pushing the bassline to the fore and coating the whole things in sequins. Disco delight!

              Hot Chip / Connan Mockasin

              Erol Alkan Reworks

                Way back when (approx 12 years ago), in those glory days of dingy basements and gaffa taped trainers, a whole new genreration of dancers were taking a journey of musical discovery at the the invitation of one Erol Alkan and his banging clubnight Trash. Electroclash, nu-disco, post-punk, punk-funk, nu rave, techno, there was a fair bit of techno, and indie cuts all rubbed shoulders, pogoed and made out in the middle of the dancefloor, getting totally fucked up as Erol threw them into the blender. This series sees the Phantasy man showcase his ear for a tune and hand for a killer rework with retrospective series of his best reinterpretations.
                It was 2006, synth-pop kings Hot Chip had just dropped "The Warning" and made their ascent to god-emperor status. They drop a heart-rending melancho-disco single called "Boy From School", and enlist London's premier party starter Erol Alkan to transform it into an extended, kraut-tinged, lightly scuzzed take on the classic Kompakt sound. The B-side provides another bittersweet spectacular via Erol's hair-raising, chill-prompting take on Connan Mockasin's indie winner "Forver Dolphin Love". Offering euphoria, optimism and melancholy on a widescreen scale, this cinematic rework became a must have for festival DJs and anyone looking to tug at some club heartstrings.


                Franz Ferdinand / Yeah Yeah Yeahs

                Erol Alkan Reworks

                  Way back when (approx 12 years ago), in those glory days of dingy basements and gaffa taped trainers, a whole new genreration of dancers were taking a journey of musical discovery at the the invitation of one Erol Alkan and his banging clubnight Trash. Electroclash, nu-disco, post-punk, punk-funk, nu rave, techno, there was a fair bit of techno, and indie cuts all rubbed shoulders, pogoed and made out in the middle of the dancefloor, getting totally fucked up as Erol threw them into the blender. This series sees the Phantasy man showcase his ear for a tune and hand for a killer rework with retrospective series of his best reinterpretations.
                  On the A-side here we have Erol's "Glam Racket" take on "Do You Want To", the lead track from Franz' sophomore LP. Repeating the Mick Ronson styled guitar riff way beyond the point of sanity, Erol spends three minutes building dance floor tensions to fever pitch before unleashing an earbleeding drop of rabid, Justice-style distorto bass - huge! If that wasn't enough, when he eventually reinvents the ear-worm hook as a sort of backwards organ thingy, it totally flips ppl out. Flip it for "Zero", a spangled technoid reshape of Yeah Yeah Yeah's disco tinged single, which sees Erol utilising jacking drums, gnarly synths and tons of vocal echo to spin the dancefloor out into a narcotic frenzy - MDMAzing!

                  Daft Punk / Gonzales

                  Erol Alkan Reworks

                    Way back when (approx 12 years ago), in those glory days of dingy basements and gaffa taped trainers, a whole new genreration of dancers were taking a journey of musical discovery at the the invitation of one Erol Alkan and his banging clubnight Trash. Electroclash, nu-disco, post-punk, punk-funk, nu rave, techno, there was a fair bit of techno, and indie cuts all rubbed shoulders, pogoed and made out in the middle of the dancefloor, getting totally fucked up as Erol threw them into the blender. This series sees the Phantasy man showcase his ear for a tune and hand for a killer rework with retrospective series of his best reinterpretations.
                    On the A-side, Erol rips apart the abrasive electro snarl of Daft Punk's "Brainwasher" and stitches it back together with a series of rib rattling breakbeats, gloomy keys and tremulous bass. Hard hitting, head-fucking electro tackle which predated the current breaks revival by a decade. Flip it for an Erol rework of Chilly Gonzales' "Never Stop". This dancefloor mauler works from a standard electro set up of kick+snare+hats before dropping into bleepy keys, pitched down vocal flips and a rampant electrodisco bassline. 'Ave it!

                    Trip. A simple arrangement of four letters that has many associations: a trip to the seaside, a drug trip (and so a journey into the unknown), a trip is to suddenly fall.

                    "The Soft Bounce" is a trip album in the widest sense: containing nearly 45 minutes of carefully programmed music, it sets off into to the unknown, it contains pleasure and pain, doubt and transcendence, and it ends somewhere that is different from where you started.

                    Beginning with expansive synth washes and "Love To Love You Baby"-style oohs, "Delicious Light" is immediately uplifting: we’re off on a switchback journey that will pass from light through darkness and confusion and pain to transcendence and acceptance. Darkness of a sort is forged in explosive motion ("Iron Age") before passing through sunshine pop ("Creation"), first wave UK psych ("Door To Tomorrow" with its invocation of "Emily", beloved of both the Pink Floyd and the Piccadilly Line), and the blissful Balearic emotion of "Diagram Girl". This passes into the American Gothic of "Black Crow" - that traditional avian harbinger of doom - and then we’re down the rabbit hole.

                    “Tomorrow, Forever" begins in the sound of nothingness and slowly unfolds into beatless cloud reveries that are at once solemn and hopeful. Weightless, blown with the wind, you come down to earth with the skipping afro beat of "The Soft Bounce": a soft female voice pleads for connection, but she is almost swamped by the stinging, shocking guitar reverb. The positive moods of "Finally First" and "Triumph" put everything back together before the all-out acid assault of "Third Mynd": from life to death to rebirth, ‘you throw the sticks up in the air, and they come down in a different pattern.’

                    “Is it the history of human kind or a personal, individual odyssey? With guest appearances from Blaine Harrison (Mystery Jets), Euros Childs (Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci), Jane Weaver, Holly Miranda and Hannah Peel, Erol Alkan and Richard Norris have constructed an album that is both highly enjoyable and on a deeper level, perceptual and psychological. Growth is necessary, as is adaptation to change: neither are achieved easily or without some kind of sacrifice. Operating on a level that can be verbal but is more often non-verbal, music can ease that passage.” - John Savage.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    says: This is indeed a trip. Melodic but psychedelic rock music to get up and dance to. Anthemic choruses and stoner guitars hide behind swirling synths and softly delivered vocal harmonies before smashing into the foreground with a riotous burst of distortion and glam. Exciting and groovy, gleefully nostalgic ('Emily' he sings, I was fully expecting Barrett to walk in and tell me about how she plays), but resolutely modern. A trip through all the best bits of all the things you should like. Ace.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    01 Delicious Light
                    02 Iron Age
                    03 Creation
                    04 Door To Tomorrow
                    05 Diagram Girl
                    06 Black Crow
                    07 Tomorrow, Forever
                    08 The Soft Bounce
                    09 Finally First
                    10 Triumph
                    11 Third Mynd


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