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Hennessy Artistry debutant Anil Chawla’s upward trajectory in the electronic music scene across continents highlights a significant trait that’s often lost in the chaos of the industry – hard work and a steady stream of ear-catching, high-quality house music demos passed around London’s promoters, which led to securing a residency at the acclaimed Together nights at Turnmills. Since then, he’s had both envious and unenvious task of warming up for electronic music royalty as diverse as The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, Francois K, Josh Wink, Green Velvet, Simian Mobile Disco, Mylo, Hot Chip, MSTRKRFT, and Cassius. Fresh off playing a stellar opening set for pioneering techno artist Richie Hawtin in Mumbai, Anil shares an extremely personal list of tunes for Hennessy Artistry fans ahead of the gig at the Hilton’s Q’Ba in Chennai next Friday.


Frankie Knuckles – Your Love

This one doesn’t need too much explanation – a track ahead of its time, by a man who has done so much for the scene.


Major North – Annihilate

A relentless acid techno that reminds me of the early days of Fabric when I didn’t used to live in London. We used to make special trips up to the club, and back home on the first train back to Southampton (where I went to university). This track, in particular, reminds me of Timo Maas dropping it at 5am, and the crowd collectively losing their mind. Listen to the whole ten minutes…Loud.


Chemical Brothers – Electronic Battle Weapon 5 (Afrika)

During the golden days of tribal, I remember Steve Lawler dropping this track in the middle of a field (at some festival in the north of England), and I was just thinking, “What the f**k is this!” It’s part of their legendary ‘Electronic Battle Weapon’ that was later renamed to ‘It Began in Afrika’.


Moby – Go

This is the first song that really got me into dance music. My brother used to play rave tapes when he was driving me to school around ’91-‘92 and this tune caught my ear the very first time I heard it.


Joey Beltram – Energy Flash

Made in 1991 but it still sounds fresh on the dancefloor and the tune still very much works today. It never leaves my crate.


Plastikman – Spastik

Another seminal classic from the early ‘90s, and with Hawtin’s recent tour, it’s been given a new lease of life. I was lucky to catch a Plastikman live show three years ago, and this was the closing track. It was mental.


Hardfloor – Acperience 1

The kings of acid, Hardloor can absolutely demolish any dancefloor. I remember seeing them live with a couple of 303s on stage in the Turnmills backroom (which held only around 150 people).


A Guy Called Gerald – Voodoo Ray

This is late ‘80s acid house at its finest;  I have this on vinyl back in storage too.


Jose Nunez feat Octahvia – Hold On

This is quite special to me as it’s the first record I ever bought, and it’s sitting in storage in England somewhere. I will never give this one up. 


The Aztec Mystic (DJ Rolando) – Knights of the Jaguar

Closing off with this Underground Resistance masterpiece, which is (in my opinion) the most beautiful techno record ever written.