Archive for March, 2011
Cologne-based Kompakt is one of the great independent record labels, treasured for its diverse but ever-brilliant mix of ambient, minimal techno, tech-house and more. On 3rd April, South Bank Centre and Ether festival celebrate their more ambient side with a one-off event, as Kompakt co-founders Wolfgang Voigt and Jörg Burger perform a special set produced for this concert alongside live visuals. Plus there’s also an exclusive live ambient sets from The Field’s Axel Willner (solo) and Walls.
We have a pair of tickets to give away for this event, to win simply e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us your ideal ambient setting and why?
This could be your “happy place”, a place where you go escape the daily madness of your life… points are awarded for creativity.
Last Thursday, we had a little Bleep x Bloc warm-up party in Paris with Joy Orbison, Lone, Boxcutter and Max Cooper… This was merely a taster for the weekend we were about to embark on…
Surreal does not even begin to describe the lunacy that is a weekend spent at Bloc festival in Butlins. From the utilitarian-esque rows of chalets to the noisy games arcade and the culinary options that extend no further than a Pizza Hut buffet; we’ve never had so much fun dancing around on garishly decorated carpets. One thing is for sure, no other festival on our British shores represents the best of underground electronic music, big and small, and past and present, as well as Bloc does. We were thrilled to present our Bleep Showcase on Sunday evening over on the Jak:Bloc stage this year where some of our favourite artists played to a packed out crowd.
Our Bleep Competition winner, Leighton, kicked off proceedings warming the stage up for Planet Mu’s Boxcutter who played the difficult early slot to a completely packed out room. To have a queue extend from the Bleep stage right through to the amusement park is no mean feat at 5pm. Following this, Luke Abbott delighted the crowd with his blissful electronic melodies, which left things to Jacques Greene to switch things up a level or two, delivering some pumping future bass rhythms. What followed was a full on 90’s rave with Lone skilfully dropping some gems, such as Adonis’ Trax Records classic, No Way Back and his own Pineapple Crush. Kyle Hall then stepped in to close the stage with some hands in the air moments with the 90’s club jam, Show Me Love and Moodymann’s Freeki Mutha Fucker.
Elsewhere, Rustie rocked the Numbers showcase with his trademark aqua-crunk beats and some particularly choice cuts such as an (as of yet) unreleased Hudson Mohawke gem. Space Dimension Controller stole the show at the Resident Advisor showcase with his distinctive boogie-infused house beats. Jimmy Edgar worked his excellent live show with improvised vocoder, seamlessly switching from electro to funk to all out jungle within the blink of an eye. Alva Noto represented the Raster-Noton camp, bringing us a performance that balanced between the experimental and the club experience perfectly, pleasing a dedicated crowd as well as converting some new devotees.
Aphex Twin pulled out a brilliant (and suprizing) set that journeyed from beautiful ambient harmonics to dubstep (even dropping Ramadanman and Night Slugs’ Jam City!) to an incredible crescendo of drilling beats and white-noise… The previous night, one of the standout moments of the festival perhaps belongs to LFO and the rapturous reception that Freak received from the Centre:Bloc crowd.
We shall see you there next year…
Words: Laura Humphries I Photos: Margot Didsbury
For more info on Bloc: http://www.blocweekend.com/
OK… our friends over at Rinse and FWD are teaming up again for another party of gargantuan proportions. The line-up is HUGE and includes Roska (pictured), Skream, Geeneus, Marcus Nasty, Jackmaster, Zinc, SBTRKT, Horsepower Productions, Ill Blu, T. Williams, to just name a small portion of those playing… The event takes place on the 1st April at Fabric and more details can be found on their listings page.
To win a pair of tickets to the event, simply head to the Bleep Facebook page and post on our wall why you think you deserve a pair of tickets… That simple!
In January, we launched a Bleep DJ competition to win a Rane SL 3 for Serato Scratch Live Digital Vinyl System; an Ableton Live 8 Software Package; a pair of TMA-1 headphones, and a chance to DJ at the Bleep stage at Bloc Festival.
We were overwhelmed with the response. We had over 160 entries to the competition, with nearly 40k plays across these mixes. There was some really great mixes and it was really difficult deciding the winner… But there can only be one…
The winner of the competition is DJ Leighton. His mix can be found above and you can catch him DJing at the Bleep stage next Sunday at Bloc Festival…
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