Honing his craft among London’s renowned Fabric scene, producer Daniel Avery has distilled classic club influences like big beat, acid house, and IDM into a wholly heady, hypnotizing soundscape. While his 2013 debut album, Drone Logic — a futuristic slip and slide through squelchy acid synths and slippery techno rhythms — never quite lets up, his follow-up Song for Alpha, due out April 6, is like the long-awaited exhale. Throughout, Avery explores that nebulous space where after-midnight euphoria melts into vivid, often haunting, dream worlds.
The album’s first single, “Slow Fade” eases you into that subconscious shift. A lonely loop spins then fades, then re-emerges, as scattered beats spread across a dark ambient landscape. The track simultaneously swells and unspools, stimulates and soothes. Aphex Twin’s airiest, ghostliest experiments are an obvious inspiration; in fact, the synths sparkle so pristinely they sound practically alien. Still, their dynamic movement feels familiar, even organic, as if translating earth’s own unique vibrations.
For the corresponding video, which you can watch below, Avery recruited London designers Flat-e, stating to The Fader: “The thing I admire about Flat-e is that they recognize the beauty in mystery. They create worlds into which you can fall with your eyes closed.” It’s an evocative description that could very well suit his own sonic sculptures.
Today’s song, featured on The Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole is "Gardens" by Parisalexa, from the 2018 self-released Bloom EP
Today’s song, featured on The Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole is "Elizabeth" by Long Neck, from the 2018 album Will This Do? on Tiny Engines.
Today’s song, featured on The Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole is "The Future Was Here" by Erik Blood, a 2018 self-released single.