The English DJ and producer plunges uncompromisingly into the heart of rave.
Album after album, Daniel Avery never ceases to surprise us, always setting the bar a little higher, venturing into the darkest corners of techno. It’s not Ultra Truth, his third solo LP in three years, which will prove the opposite. As much as its two previous ones, Love + Light (2020) and Together in Static (2021), with their dreamy techno flights, punctuated by illuminated ambient tracks, were breaths towards the light, as much Ultra Truth explode into darkness.
Designed with Ghost Culture and Manni Dee producing, featuring Haai, Sherelle, Marie Davidson or Kelly Lee Owens, Ultra Truth is an immersion in the most physical of techno, at the very heart of rave. As Avery states: “It’s an intentionally heavy and dense album. A distorted dream record: restless, determined and alive.” Here it is dance or die, no respite, the beats are crushed and martial, plunging into drum’n’bass and breakbeat, the synths are in industrial mode, Aphex Twin is showing up…
dream of raves
Even the ambient tracks which punctuate – like a way of catching one’s breath – this sonic explosion are threatening. Raw and possessed, Ultra Truth dreams of raves, leaves no respite, oozes energy and sweat from bodies lost in the darkness of an abandoned warehouse. And proves that Daniel Avery is without context one of the best electronic music producers of the last ten years.
Ultra Truth (PhantasySound/PIAS). Released November 4.