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Daniel Avery, UK
“Electronic music is unique in that, whilst it has an immediate effect on the body, the culture surrounding it has the ability to run deep into your life. Whenever I’m in a club, I want to give myself up to music. This is the very thing that excites me the most. Witnessing a DJ create an atmosphere in a room from the ground up takes patience and effort from everyone present but when the pivotal moments hit, your watch stops ticking.”
It is this thinking which motivated and inspired the making of Daniel Avery’s entry into the treasured DJ-Kicks series. Across its 78 minutes, the mix creates a hypnotic space focusing on “music by some like-minded souls” from the outer reaches of techno. It is a mix concerned with the idea of taking a collective breath and allowing records their own space.
In 2018, Daniel Avery released ‘Song for Alpha.’ Nearly a year on from its release, it continues to deepen in influence with a series of remixes from some of the most vital names in house and techno, each providing their own unique take on Avery’s sonic landscape
Midland is a DJ, Producer and Record label owner from London.
Through his productions, DJ sets and record labels, Midland’s output comes across as unassuming and surprising in equal measure, at once subtle, refined and totally raucous.
Momoko “Moko” Goto, better known in the DJ world as Powder, has successfully taken her neon charged creations out of the Tokyo underground and into the discerning worldwide techno consuming public. After her debut on Lovefingers’ ESP Institute, Moko’s cosmic rhythms found a home on Samo DJ’s Born Free & Discodromo’s CockTail d’Amore Music, pushing her tribal-inspired, hypnotic sound further into surreal house, techno and psychedelic disco territory. Beyond her work as a music creator, Powder’s DJing backs up her production style with many influences. As a selector, she has notably eclectic tastes, which run the gamut from house to no wave to Japanese synthpop, utilizing extended loops and subtle blends to create a genre-defying, transcendent experience. Powder is on many promoters shortlists, and Aftermarket has been anxiously anticipating her DC premier since the last beat of her mesmerizing Sustain-Release Year Four (2017) set.
One half of ESP Insitute’s Cos/Mes duo, the Japanese producer has been on the DJ circuit for just about a decade. With musical roots in hip hop and rnb, 5ive has collaborated frequently with Stockholm’s Samo DJ for releases on Public Possession and The Trilogy Tapes.