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Of course, the man mentored by my favorite DJ Erol Alkan is nothing short of marvelous. The more I learn about Daniel Avery, the more of a connection I develop with him. He’s got an open-mind and is now known for switching it up: playing anything that works to him, while still holding a strong narrative with his sets. The superb Quietus talked with him late last year, lovely conversation.

He’s enjoying this time period, where territorial attitudes towards dance genres are breaking down. The younger generation just wants something they can feel.

Journey into the world of Daniel Avery. A main room resident at Fabric, signed to Erol’s Phantasy Sound (hear Drone Logic) and dead set on reaching legendary status. Warning: this Essential Mix has blown speakers and brought people to tears.

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– Jimi Jaxon

 

 

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I have the utmost respect for people willing to go their own way. In the music world, and life in general, carving out your own individual path can be met with great difficulties. For those with enough determination, it is possible to claim your spot and make a lasting impact. Bok Bok is one such individual, leading the highly innovative Night Slugs label. I was a stage manager for Decibel Festival in 2011 and insisted on working 2 shows; Zomby and the Night Slugs showcase with Bok Bok, Girl Unit and Kingdom. I considered it a high honor to be around these artists and I hoped some of their mindset would rub off on me. I saw a strong leader in Bok Bok when we met; politely guiding the show, making sure everything was up to his standards. That showcase had mad energy as expected and became a highlight of my year.

 

In terms of branding and the overall visual aesthetic, Night Slugs are frighteningly good. They put forth a brilliant vision not seen in today’s dance world. It’s a visual environment filled with architecture, grids and blueprints of sorts. They make me think of strong foundations like the pyramids; cryptic, alien looking creations that are built to last.

Now I’ll focus on some Night Slugs releases that stand especially tall in my eyes..

Velour – The Velvet Collection (NS007) – Lush and sexy at its best. The dreamy synths on this EP go straight to my heart.

 

Egyptrixx – Bible Eyes (NSLP001) – I was dumbfounded when I first heard this title track. Very strange and enticing album.

 

Kingdom – Dreama EP (NS012) – Stalker Ha is the shit, just like the man behind this EP.

 

Jam City – Classical Curves (NSLP002) – A new world has been created inside this album; one that is very bright, diverse and magical.

 

If you wish to experience a set from Bok Bok, you should grab your ticket for his show this Friday @ Chop Suey in Seattle (TIX, Fb Event). This show is put on by Decibel and Shameless and will also feature sets from Sounds In Silence and myself + visuals by David Kwan aka Nanoglobe. Stay tuned for an upcoming Disco Droppings feature where I’ll interview Mr.Kwan; graphic designer and VJ for Decibel. We will talk about his various roles, as well as the immersive visual presentation we are planned for my set.

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– Jimi Jaxon