The time has come. The weekend is underway and Beacons Festival has returned to play host to one of the summer’s best parties for those in the know. And what better way to get the hedonism started than a three-hour DJ set from Daniel Avery at the Resident Advisor stage this evening?
Since releasing his debut LP Drone Logic on fellow-Beacons performer Erol Alkan’s label last year, Avery has risen to prominence as the most infectious and authentic young producer on UK shores.
At a time when the pop charts have become dominated by the glitchy tech-house of the likes of Disclosure and Duke Dumont, Avery cuts straight through to the core of the music. Influences from 90s acid house and pulsating techno cuts bring back memories of the likes of Josh Wink and early work by the Chemical Brothers – which can never be a bad thing. However, it retains a freshness and relevance that means it has very much found its place in the modern climate.
The album’s title track is a 7-minute blockbuster, demonstrating subtle builds and seamless breakdowns that take the listener on a throbbing journey perfect to soundtrack an all-nighter in the fields.
Nowadays, people occasionally forget that electronic music was brought into the world to ignite with the open air and explode into the evening sky, as opposed to being constrained by the four walls of a soundproof super-club, battling to keep the noise down amid ever-stricter licensing laws.
Avery’s set tonight is guaranteed to very much cover the former – a prospect that will no doubt send lucky Beacons ticket-holders into unbridled ecstasy. Unmissable.