Favourites: Yotam Avni

From house to jazz and hip-hop to techno, the Israeli producer showcases his favourite cuts throughout the years.

Tel Aviv’s best-kept secret is now making waves in the contemporary house and techno scene, being on the forefront of the genre in recent years. Yotam Avni is a revered producer, distinguished DJ and in-demand remixer that has staked his claim in the electronic music industry.

The Israeli DJ’s music career started at the age of 19, where he produced experimental music for modern ballet, while in between jobs as a music journalist and a resident DJ at Tel Aviv’s leading nightclubs. His back catalogue releases offer a wide musical range, from abstract electronica to soulful house and Detroit techno.

Regardless of his young age, Avni has already collaborated with some of the world’s most famous producers including Derrick May and Terrence Parker among others. In addition, he is also the owner of the Tel Aviv club Resek and also a promoter, being responsible for AVADON, which was dubbed as the city’s leading techno night for the past three years.

In 2016, Yotam Avni signed to Lucy’s Stroboscopic Artefacts record label in which he transcended upon his ability in experimental techno while also infusing the roots within his early days of contemporary house. Avni kicked off 2017 by teaming up with two of the most prominent record labels in the scene, Innervisions and Hotflush Recordings.

Now you’ll find the demand for Avni’s presence at festivals and clubs to be higher than ever, as he regularly performs at clubs such as Fabric in London, Concrete in Paris, and Fabrik in Madrid. He’s also featured in the lineups for some of the biggest festivals such as DGTL and Off Sonar. It’s evidently clear that Avni has made a name for himself, and Orb Mag is given the pleasure to have him showcase some of his favourite records to date.

Laroz - Color Of The Rainbow

NMC
2003

Haim Laroz is the Israeli version of Adrian Sherwood. And this album right here is a Dub masterpiece that will forever remind me of my high school days.

Basic Black - Don't Make Me Fall In Love (Timmy Regisford Unreleased Mix)

Not On Label
1991

I will forever have a soft spot for Soulful / Vocal US House, this is the type of music I started to play 10 years ago. And still to this day, this is one of my all time favourites.

Francis and the Lights - Back in Time

Not On Label
2017

One of those albums I randomly downloaded for a flight. And I’m glad I did. This quarky ballad is one of my favorite songs lately.

John Handy - If Only We Knew

Columbia
1966

Twenty-six minutes of haunting live performance, a true diamond for serious jazz fans.

Daniel Bell - The Button Down Mind Of Daniel Bell

Tresor
2000

Undated DJ at its highest peak. Definitely in the Top Five of the greatest mix albums of all time.

J Cole - Brackets

Dreamville, Inc.
2018

Hip-Hop Album of 2018 in my opinion. Sorry Kanye.

Bobby McFerrin - Drive

EMI-Manhattan Records
1988

Bobby is one of my biggest loves. I went to see him a dozen times and even shared a stage with him as a beatboxer once.

Roy Ayers - Tarzan (Âme Remix)

Rapster Records
2006

This is probably the track I played the most in my DJ life.

Jeff Mills - The March

React
2001

Dark yet positive, romantic yet hopeless, only a wizard can mess you up like that.

Deep Dish - Mohammad Is Jesus

Deep Dish Records
1999

Sending love to all my brothers in Lebanon, Egypt & Iran. I pray for the day we could visit each.

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