Miami-based techno producer Danny Daze recently launched a ‘Sunday Morning‘ mix series showcasing his life-long fascination with the downtempo/chill side of things, featuring stellar guest sets from like-minded artists Rivet, Ruxpin and Anshaw Black.
With his Dual EP out on Jimmy Edgar’s Ultramajic label, and blowing up at Sonar Barcelona and Awakenings 2015, we reached out to Danny and asked him to run down a list of his left-of-center favorites. While classics like Aphex Twin, Autechre and Boards of Canada didn’t make the cut, ’80s art-rock experimentalist Laurie Anderson did (you may even know the tune, if you’ve heard him play recently, or remember the Audiofly X remix).
“I wanted to present some experimental, chill wave and downtempo tunes that I consider my biggest influences and top tracks of all-time,” Danny told us. “Many have heard of Aphex Twin, Autechre, Boards Of Canada and Plaid, but these artist are the ones that did it for me while I was growing up. Also, Miami labels like Schematic and M3rck drew me into messing around with different soundscapes.”
Check out Danny Daze’s 12 favorite chill classics below.
1. Adam Johnson – “Anex”
“One of my all-time favorite records in general. Really emotional tune with great atmosphere. Originally, this came out on M3rck Records out of Miami.”
2. Tycho – “Past is Prologue”
“This Tycho record is one I’ve ended many sets with as the last song. The change in the middle of the track where it turns in drum & bass gets me every time.”
3. Secret Frequency Crew – “Aqua”
“Secret frequency crew has been a massive influence on me over the years. This record goes down as one of my top experimental tunes for a reason. It just tells a great story.”
4. Phoeneica – “Grrl. Trrbl”
“It’s insane how ahead of their time Miami-based Phoenecia was. The entire Brown Out album is a masterpiece. These guys, along with the Schematic record label they ran, are one of the reasons I got into experimental electro.”
5. Laurie Anderson – “O Superman”
“I play this one like crazy, right smack in the middle of my sets. Quite a bit of experimental sampling going on here seeing it was released back in 1982.”
6. Otto von Schnarch – “Smelly Mustard”
“A long-time friend of mine from Miami. I used to go to this guy’s shows when I was 13 and I’d walk out of there massively inspired. Here’s his musical version of an LCD trip.”
7. M83 – “Run into Flowers” (Jackson Remix)
“Perfectly playable in a techno set, yet still pretty experimental production.”
8. Lackluster – “Thor’s Magic Bathtub”
“Lackluster has to have one of the best sound pallets ever. Every thing this guy makes is beautifully structured and very unique. I listen to this record a lot along with all his other production when I’m stressed out and need to calm down.”
9. Mum – “The Ballad of Broken Birdie Record” (Ruxpin Remix)
“Ruxpin has to be one of my favorites producers of all-time. This guy does everything, techno, electro and chill stuff. His experimental/chill wave has always been next level. Not many can touch him on this tip.”
10. Anthony Rother – “Biomechanik”
“Although not fully experimental, I thought this tune should be in here because it’s not exactly a dance record, more of a listening tune. I’ve listened to this record at least 3000 times, and I’m not kidding.”
11. Proem – “Bolt Action Aardvark” (Brothomstates Remix)
“Both Proem and Brothomstates are incredible producers. This remix is pure time-stretched bliss, really great atmosphere and a good example of what experimenting with time-stretching can do.”
12. Squarepusher – “Do You Know Squarepusher?”
“I thought I’d end it with something many may know…I really hope you’ve heard this masterpiece before.”
Danny Daze’s Dual EP is out now on Ultramajic.