Ahoy Maties, Nightdrive has been cordially invited to cover the 2012 edition of Bloc Festival in London!
Bloc is an annual music festival in the UK that brings together a potpourri of beat masters, DJs, and artists who inhabit the netherworlds of Techno, House, IDM, Hip-Hop and Dubstep. It is not without reason that this year’s edition of Bloc is one of the most anticipated electronic music events of the year considering that its line up is a veritable who’s who of the pantheon of modern music mythology. I look at Bloc like a mountain with a firm foundation in the UK Bass scene, including Joy Orbison, Hyperdub founder Kode9, Scuba, and Digital Mystiks amongst others. As you go up the mountain you will find a mix of the lauded newer DJs (Art Department, Jaime Jones), a dash of premiere Pitchfork electronica (James Blake, Nicolas Jaar, Battles) and other high priests of IDM (Four Tet, Apparat, Squarepusher). As you maneuver past cravasses towards the peak you encounter the behemoth A.T.O.L., a supergroup of the Berlin underground consisting of Modeselektor, Berghain resident DJ Dettmann and Shed. When you reach the summit you will find men of myth that require absolutely no introduction: minimal emperors Richtie Hawtin and Ricardo Villalobos, Detroit masters Jeff Mills and Carl Craig, Orbital and New Wave progenitor Gary Numan. Joining these EDM demigods are Amon Tobin and his reality-bending ISAM live show, Flying Lotus, G funk all-star Snoop Dogg and that venomous villian they call DOOM.
Beyond all this insanity you must of asked yourself, “What’s all this ahoy matie and boat nonsense all about?” Well, it appears event organizers have decide to make this already dream-like weekend even more surreal by putting stages on the MS Stubnitz, a 2,541 ton deep sea fishing vessel formerly of communist East Germany that’s been retrofitted by Swiss-based sonic artist Blo for the purpose of hardcore clubbing. If you are a Nightdrive reader and find yourself in London between July 6th and 7th I highly recommend checking Bloc out. If not, that’s A OK because I will try my damnedest as a representative of Nightdrive to give you the most concise and comprehensive coverage possible while uncovering some of the newer and up and coming acts for your listening pleasure.
Posted by Laurence ‘Pucho’ Henriquez