Whether producing or DJing came first for him, it is nevertheless striking to hear how these two activities are married to perfection on his entry for the ever reliable series. Take Rework's heady "Touch Yourself," which is part of the mix's introductory segment: in Avery's hands it's reduced to a mere vocal snippet that gets more sinister the longer it is looped over Nautiluss' bass-heavy "Troubleman." The combo then gives way to Avery's own "Need Electric" and "Na Ve Reception," themselves merged with Sneaker's brutally daze-inducing "You Think You Think" and Simian Mobile Disco's more elegiac "Supermoon." For 20 minutes or so, the DJ makes other producer's sounds his own.
This sequence forms the mix's first highlight, which is only enhanced by the fact Avery interrupts it completely for a few seconds right after "Game Theory" by Magnets. The dead silence marks the start of the mix's impressively cohesive second half, with the tone set via the Kraftwerkian "Effect Tweak" Avery recorded with Justin Robertson as Deadstock 33s, a recent production titled "Water Jump," and James Welsh's take (through the warped "Something Borrowed") on the lawless spirit of acid house Avery digs so much. Hats off, too, for the inclusion of Raudive's creepy vocal manipulations on "Dancing & Slaving" and Gatto Fritto's dizzying take on JR Seaton's "Way Savvy," a whirling remix that eventually descends into an almost cacophonic orgy of tweaks and effects. Avery likes his music weird, he says—on FabricLive66, it doesn't really get weirder and more captivating than this. He then closes the entire thing with "Dry Heat" by The Asphodels (AKA Andrew Weatherall), an updated nod to the "frozen Balearic gay biker house" sound Black Strobe once favored at their most perverse, and Compuphonic's surprisingly composed "Sequoia." In the end, FabricLive66 is an utter success because of the immersive song selection and the technical virtuosity with which its tracks are combined.