This spring, Bloc London achieved the impossible and manage to restore its reputation after the diabolical failure of its festival last year. Moving towards smaller scale events, the string of parties were a resounding success, with the programme for this autumn and winter looking set to further cement the promoters’ position as amongst the best around once again.
September 28th sees a formidable trio take up residency in East London’s Autumn Street studios. Heading the bill is the enigmatic Dopplereffekt, driven by the singular vision of Gerald Donald of Drexciya fame. As one of the visionaries behind the best electro coming out of Detroit, it’s safe to say that with him at the fore it’s going to be a roadblock. Donald and co. are joined by the similarly essential Legowelt, who’s made his name with a slew of quality releases over the years on the likes of Clone, L.I.E.S. and Creme Organisation, with his analogue fusion of acid, house and disco being one of the most well revered in recent years. Finishing up the bill is Dave Monolith, set to bring a euphoric mix of twisted electronica.
Moving on a couple of months to November 2nd, Bloc returns to Hackney Wick once again to bring a Mutek and Modern Love showcase, headlined by the a true figurehead of UK techno and owner of Modern Love, Andy Stott. His melancholic take on dub techno is much lauded, with Luxury Problems constituting one of the best LPs of last year. He’s joined by a pairing who have enjoy an astronomic rise to fame with their industrial drone, Demdike Stare, and newcomers to the same scene, Deadbeat.
To round off the year, Bloc have teamed up with similarly titanic promoters The Hydra to bring a night of straight-up techno. From the modular-synth based approach of lead act Clark to the harsh pound of Birmingham-based pioneer Surgeon, this is something for lovers of the genre. If that wasn’t enough, the one-and-only Truss is finishing up the night with his own industrial electronica.
For more information on the events head to the Bloc site here.