I remember looking at the Bloc lineup in 2009 and seeing Ulrich Schnauss scheduled for what must’ve been a very rare festival appearance at the time. Needless to say I didn’t get to go, but I won’t be making the same mistake this time around given Bloc 2012 is right on my doorstep in sunny-old London.
Not only that, but Bloc 2012 is being held at a truly original location. Unlike most ‘festivals’ that London hosts, this one looks set to break the Hyde Park / Clapham Common trend and treat us all to a brand new art space called The London Pleasure Gardens – a sixty thousand square metre site of Victorian Docklands, featuring steel shipping containers, water-side venues, floating bars and last but not least – a 2,541 tonne shipping vessel named MS Stubnitz (pictured).
And on to the line-up. Friday doesn’t look too shabby, with Steve Reich, Amon Tobin and Nathan Fake, but I think i’ll be heading down for the Saturday. Squarepusher, Four Tet, Jon Hopkins, Oneohtrix Point Never, Monolake and Alva Noto (as part of a Raster Noton showcase). Pretty much all of these guys have new material in the pipeline (or have just recently released new material) so I thought it would be a nice idea for a little reminder of some – if nothing else, with a hope to persuade you to come and have a beer with me dockside. One track from my library, and one that is likely to be (or I hope is) dropped at Bloc.
For the full line-up (I haven’t even mentioned half of it) and tickets see http://www.blocweekend.com | 6th+7th July | London.
After seeing Jon rip through some of his classics and numerous unrecognised tracks at XOYO late last year, i’m looking forward to hearing even it even more honed and perfected bouncing off 2,541 tonnes of steel. Apparently, a new album is set to be finished by the end of May. Track choices include the aptly named, and one that I always love hearing loud, ‘Vessel’, and of course, the blindingly brilliant Four Tet remix of the very same song.
One from the library: Vessel
One for Bloc: Vessel (Four Tet remix)
Oneohtrix Point Never
‘Rifts’ remains one of my favourite electronic records of recent years and i’ve picked one of the greats from that album below. I’ve also picked-out Daniel’s latest preview which is a unique and interesting approach, to new material. I doubt OPN’s going to knocking this kind of stuff out when blowing out the hulls of the MS Stubnitz, but still…
One from the library: Zones Without People
One for Bloc: I Only Have Eyes For You
With a new album out, all eyes will be on the legend that is Monolake at Bloc. Take his mid-90’s approach to techno in tracks such as ‘Arte’ and imagine the experience Robert Henke has locked away ready for moments like this. He’ll no doubt be debuting plenty of material from new album ‘Ghosts’, but that’s fine by me… tracks like ‘The Existence Of Time‘ and ‘Hitting The Surface’ are sure to blow the Stubnitz’s cobwebs away.
One from the library: Arte
One for Bloc: Hitting The Surface
I’ve got to admit – I haven’t indulged in as much Alva Noto as I should have. I’m not a massive fan of his stuff with Sakamoto for home listening (although in theory it should hit the note given I love both individually and this video from Sonar looks pretty special) but i’ve heard that Carsten’s live stuff is where it gets a tad good. Give me Alva Noto’s ‘Xerrox Monophaser 2′ any day on the headphones, (just how good is that video!?), and i’ll start preparing to be blown away by Carsten Nicolai and the Raster Noton live showcase.
One from the library: Monophaser 2
One for Bloc: Live at LUFF 2011